Lay before land was Oregon
One of the spreads is owned by Samuel Colver, the pioneer who laid out the town of Gasburg in 1854. Wagon roads and pack trails lead out of the valley to distant places like Yreka.
"This is how the valley was settled when statehood was declared on Feb. 14, 1859," explained map creator Chuck Eccleston, a retired surveyor and civil engineer who volunteers at the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society office in Phoenix.
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