The railroad enthusiasts of Jackson County were the fourth community represented by History: Made by You. On July 24, 2012, SOHS held a public forum at the Ashland Library to discuss the future of the railroad in the Rogue Valley. Participants talked about their desire for passenger railroad to return and the feasibility of repairing the tracks currently in place.
SOHS partnered with the Southern Oregon Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and the Ashland Historic Railroad Museum to produce the exhibition. Volunteers conducted research, found photographs in SOHS and their institution's collection, and helped choose objects.
SOHS 13523 The Rogue River Special, the last passenger train to leave Ashland, departed north from the station at 6:30 pm on August 6, 1955
"Rhythm of the Rails: The Golden Age of Railroading in Jackson County, 1890-1926" covers the exciting time of the railroad's advent locally to the completion of the Natron Cutoff in 1926. With the completion of the Shasta Route in 1887, trade flourished, communications increased, new people arrived, and traveling became easier. While not all benefited from the railroad, the Rogue Valley flourished during its heyday and is just one example of how the railroad forever changed communities across America.
The exhibition opened at the annual Medford Railroad Show on November 24, 2012. It moved to the Ashland Historic Railroad Museum on November 28, 2012 - January 23, 2013 and the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport January 23, 2013 - March 28, 2013.ed research, found photographs in SOHS and their institution's collection, and helped choose objects.