Rogue River in Jackson County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Rising above the Rogue
The whims of rain, snow, and temperature in these mountains can create unpredictable river levels. That winter, excessive rains and warm temperatures increased the rate of melting snow, and the Rogue River began to rise.
Throughout the night, the river rose and by 4:00 am on December 23, it was four feet above the previous flood record. Water poured down streets and sidewalks, inundated buildings, and crashed against the deck and trusses of the Depot Street Bridge.
When the floodwaters subsided, scores of residents returned to find badly damaged homes and businesses swamped with mud. The "Christmas Flood" of 1964 was one of the worst Rogue River floods on record, but it was nothing new.
Erected by City of Rogue River.
Location. 42° 25.862′ N, 123° 10.313′ W. Marker is in Rogue River, Oregon, in Jackson County. Marker is on Rogue River Highway (Oregon Route 99) near North Star Lane, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Bridge for a New Century (here, next to this marker); Crossing the Rogue (here, next to this marker); The City of Rogue River (here, next to this marker); Evan's Ferry (a few steps from this marker); Applegate Trail - Fort Birdseye (approx. 2 miles away); Fort Birdseye (approx. 2 miles away); Valley of the Rogue Applegate Trail Kiosk (approx. 2.6 miles away); Rock Point, Oregon (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rogue River.
More about this marker. This marker is near the Rogue River Chamber of Commerce.
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Disasters • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 15, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.