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Ashland History

PrincessJennyIt is clear that the land we call home has long, varied and fascinating roots. Much of what we know is not written it is lore passed on by people who have passed on beliefs, traditions and a value system, through storytelling and legends. Much of their message resonates today. Estimates based on carbon dating show that various tribes lived in our region as far back as 6,000 BC. These various tribes are responsible for many of our current names (Lithia water, Siskiyou Mountains). The early Southwestern Oregon Native Americans were highly mobile hunters and traders. Many of their food resources, such as salmon, acorns, seeds, and berries were seasonal. Other species, such as shellfish, elk, deer and smaller ground animals, were available year-round. The original Native American hunting and trading trails became the fur trading routes of early trappers and explorers, and later the wagon train routes that would lead eventually to our current system of roads, such as I-5 freeway. As time progressed, and villages were more developed, they built houses by digging shallow pits and roofing them with structures of poles, bark and brush. Two primary tribes in the Ashland area were the Athabascan-speaking tribes of the Takelma and Shasta Indians. The City of Ashland is built on the ruins of a Shasta Indian village. In the pioneer settlement of the area, as in much of the nation, there were intense conflicts and battles with the Native Americans.

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