Gone, But Not Forgotten

The rapids of the Rogue River that once flowed freely before Lost Creek Dam was built are gone, but not forgotten.  Laurelhurst State Park was once the beginning of many an exciting river adventure.  A beautiful waterfall fell over a cliff into the river, and the gravel road came right up to the river.  Rapids such as the Stair Steps, the rapid below Tucker’s(the summer retreat of the Tuckers of Burlingame, California), and the sheer pristine beauty of the canyon, made the river journey something special.  Let’s not forget the numerous spawning beds, and great steelhead fishing.  For braver souls, to begin your journey at the confluence of the North and South Forks meant almost a half mile of continuous rapids as they cascaded down the canyon.  One of the most famous, Whitewater, is shown below due to the courtesy of river guide, Bob Pruitt.  The Y-Rapid was the last major obstacle before the covered bridge, and the entrance to Laurelhurst State Park.  When I was in my teens, I took many raft trips and inner tube trips from this Park.  Oh, those wonderful memories!  For individuals who want to know more about the Laurelhurst area, please read my:  Laurelhurst:  Lost Community of the Upper Rogue.

White Water Rapid on the Rogue River. At low summer flows, the canyon becomes one long rapid with lots of rocks to dodge.

White Water Rapid on the Rogue River. At low summer flows, the canyon becomes one long rapid with lots of rocks to dodge.

About Robert M. Weiss
From an early age, I've taken great pleasure in reading. Also, I learned to play my 78 player when I was quite young, and enjoyed listening to musicals and classical music. I remember sitting on the floor, and following the text and pictures of record readers, which were popular in the 1940s and 50s. My favorites were the Bozo and Disney albums. I also enjoyed watching the slow spinning of 16s as they spun out tales of adventure. I have always been attracted by rivers, and I love to sit on a boulder with my feet in the water, gazing into the mysteries of swirling currents. I especially like inner tubing on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. Since my early youth, I've been interested in collecting minerals, which have taught me about the wonderful possibilities in colors and forms. Sometimes I try to imagine what the ancient Greeks must have felt when they began to discover physical laws in nature. I also remember that I had a special passion for numbers, and used to construct them out of stones. After teaching Russian for several years, I became a writer, interviewer, editor, and translator. I continue to delight in form, and am a problem solver at heart.

4 Responses to Gone, But Not Forgotten

  1. Nell Mathern says:

    I noticed the date on this page August 2010, so I’m not sure if you’ll received this reply.
    I have two quilts with a simple note attached, “from the old Rogue Roost Lodge near Prospect that was destroyed during the 1964 flood. They were used as bedspreads in the Lodge.
    Some names are included: Nan MCEvoy daughter of Phyllis DeYoung Tucker. Grandfather had to do with the DeYoung Museum and a newspaper in San Francisco.
    I date the quilts to be 1920’2-30’s. Both quilts are the same fabrics, but different designs. The quilts are machine stitched with a chain stitch machine (like the stitch used on feedsacks)
    I’ll see if you respond.


    • Robert Weiss says:

      Since Rogue’s Roost wasn’t purchased from Walter Baun until the 1930s, I would assume the quilts date from the 30s as well. Our family has several items from the Roost including: lanterns, and decorated fish plates. Perhaps you obtained the quilts as part of an estate sale for Robertson E. Collins, who was a prominent Jacksonville citizen, and a close friend of Phyllis Tucker. You might consider donating the quilts to a museum as they have a definite place in Southern Oregon history. Thank you for sharing your information.


      • Nell Mathern says:

        Thank you for your most interesting response. The best I can figure out, the quilts were given to the Jacksonville Museum Quilters Guild from the Southern Oregon Historical Society. Then in 1985 the JMQG sold the quilts to Arlene D. Worland Veal. It looks like Arlene then donated them back to the JMQG. I see that Arlene has passed, she lived at the manor.

        Robertson Collins did give the Jacksonville Museum Quilters a quilt from the estate of Ginger Rogers. The two quilts will be on display at the Antique Show March 10 & 11 at the Medford Armory. The Jacksonville Museum Quilters try to share with the public our quilt collection from Southern Oregon.


      • Robert Weiss says:

        The history of the quilts is certainly an interesting one, and I’m grateful to you for sharing it with me. I will tell my Oregon friends about the Antique Show.


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