Charles Howard and his father, J.S. Howard, surveyed the new townsite for the railroad where only two families lived, the I.J. Phipps family and the C.W. Broback family.
Suggested names for the new town were: East Jacksonville, Middleford, Medford, Grand Central and Phippstown. On December 20, 1883, the town was named Medford by David Loring of the O. And C. R.R. after his home town of Medford, Massachusetts.
The depot was originally located in the middle of Main Street.
Erected by Southern Oregon Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 42° 19.434′ N, 122° 52.566′ W. Marker is in Medford, Oregon, in Jackson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Medford Public Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Shone-Charley House (approx. ¼ mile away); Cuthbert Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); The War Brings Change (approx. 0.3 miles away); Medford Boomed As Orchards Bloomed (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Town is Born (approx. 0.3 miles away); Medford Auto Company Building (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Medford.
More about this marker. This historical marker is located near the center of Alba Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 27, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 87 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 27, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.