Medford is the county seat and the largest city in Jackson County, Oregon. Medford’s population in 2013 was almost 80,000. The metropolitan population was near 210,000, making this area the fourth largest metropolitan area in Oregon.
David Loring named the city in 1883 after his home town of Medford, Massachusetts and because it was on the middle ford of Bear Creek. Loring was a surveyor in charge of discovering the best route through the Rogue Valley for the Oregon and California Railroad. The surveying team decided to keep the railroad close to Bear Creek and by November 1883 plans for a depot and 82 blocks of development were completed.
Medford incorporated as a town on February 24, 1885 by the Oregon Legislative Assembly and as a city in 1905.
Interstate 5 was completed near downtown Medford in 1967 to replace Highway 99. Interstate 5 remains a main thoroughfare from California to Washington.
Urban renewal has played an important role in restoring several old buildings including the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater. New sidewalks, new street alignments and two new parking garages were all part of an urban renewal renovation in downtown Medford. A new library was built in the downtown area, as well as support campuses for Southern Oregon University and Rogue Community College.
Medford is located just 27 miles north of the California border and just 75 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The world-famous Rogue River is right nearby. Medford has many lakes that are within a short driving distance. The nearby Upper and Lower Table Rock mountains are the remains of ancient volcanic flows.
The City of Medford is governed by a council-manager style. The City elects eight unpaid city council members and a mayor. A city manager is hired by the council to run the operations of the city.
Medford has to main high schools North Medford and South Medford High. Medford has one alternative high school Central High. Medford has several private high schools including St. Mary’s School and Cascade Christian School. Medford is also served by two middle schools (Hedrick and McLoughlin) and 14 elementary schools.
Rogue Community College has a five block campus in downtown Medford. Southern Oregon University and RCC joined forces and built and eighth building that offers third- and fourth-year courses. Pacific Bible College is also in Medford.
The City Of Medford is home to 32 Public Parks including a dog park, skate park, swimming pool, BMX park and an Amphitheater.
Medford is also home to the U.S. Cellular Community Park, a 132 acres state-of-the-art sports park. This park is features 11 artificial turf fields that are playable year round. This park is the largest municipal sports park of its kind in the United States and features over 1.4 million square-feet of synthetic grass. Each filed has lighting systems and electronic scoreboards.
The 732 seat Craterian Theater at The Collier Center for the Performing Arts is located in downtown Medford. The Theater features many different types of performances from national concerts, dance and theatrical tours to local community performances. The building was originally named Hunt’s Criterion Theater in 1925, but was renamed “Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater” in 1997 after restoration. Rogers had performed at the Craterian in 1926 and later made her home in the Rogue Valley. In 2012 the theater was named after James Collier a large Rogue Valley benefactor.
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