Most of us take good roads for granted, zooming along the highway at a mile a minute or faster. A hundred years or more ago most of us were still slogging along rough rutted country roads and trails on horses or in wagons or buggies. but when then automobile came along, a new cry went out to do something... anything... about the condition of Oregon's roads. "Get Oregon Out of the Mud" was the war cry! And so Oregon became a national leader in financing and building good roads. And leading Oregon was Jackson County. This talk takes a look at what Southern Oregonians faced getting from here to there at the turn of the 20th Century and how they helped Get Oregon Out of the Mud.
Ron Brown is a lifelong Oregon resident, born in Klamath Falls and raised in Gold Hill. He retired in 2015 after more than 29 years as morning anchor and reporter for KDRV-TV, Channel 12, where he produced hundreds of local history vignettes under the banner of "Oregon Century" and "Oregon Trails", in addition to covering the news throughout the region and several overseas assignments. Ron Brown is on the board of the Southern Oregon Historical Society, The Grants Pass Sister City Committee, and volunteers with the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society to help locate and map historical pioneer graves in Jackson county. He and his wife Judee also currently are travel hosts representing KDRV in tours around the country with trips this next year planned for Colorado, Alaska, and Australia.