||Chief Executive Officer
of Galice Mining District Shows Oregon Public Broadcasting the Rogue River
Kerby Jackson, who is Chief Executive Officer of the Galice Mining District, recently met with a production crew from Oregon Public Broadcasting. The meeting, which was for the purpose of filming a forthcoming special on the Rogue River on Oregon Field Guide, will appear at a later date.
In addition to showing the film crew some of the old mining equipment, including the 5 Stamp Mill from the Lucky Bart Mine, at Gold Hill Historical Society's museum, Jackson also showed the crew the site of Gold Ray Dam and discussed the close connections between Southern Oregon's mining industry, Gold Ray Dam and the introduction of electricity in the Rogue River Valley.
"Mining is was brought electricity to Southern Oregon," Jackson explained, "Gold Ray Dam was built to power the 10 stamp mill at the Braden Mine on Kane Creek near Gold Hill. After the lines were strung to the Champlin Dredge on Foots Creek and also to the Greenback Mine near Sunny Valley and to the Granite Hill Mine outside of Merlin, every town in Southern Oregon wanted power as well. The Ray Brothers were most happy to oblige them."
"I think the film crew got a little more than they bargained for," Jackson added. "Even many locals don't realize how important the mining industry was to this area. I don't think OPB expected mining to be so intertwined with this river. Needless to say, we put a lot of mining information on camera, which I hope they can fit into their 30 minute production."
The Rogue River episode of
Oregon Field Guide should be available online after it is shown on cable