People who are interested in learning more about the seldom seen places in the land of the lakes are encouraged to pick up a copy of the 2021 Journal of the Shaw Historical Library — now available at the Lake County Museum and online.
The title of the 2021 edition is “Far Corners 2: More Seldom Seen Places in the Land of Lakes.” This volume is a direct continuation of the 2020 Journal of the Shaw Historical Society which chronicled the settlements across southern Oregon, northern Nevada and northern California that are rarely visited, lightly populated or ghost towns.
Normally the Shaw Historical Library, which is based in Klamath Falls at Oregon Tech University, focuses on a different topic each year. In 2020, due to the positive response to stories and information about the places that are often long forgotten by people today, the Shaw’s Journal Committee decided to continue the theme of the 2020 journal into 2021 by creating a sequel.
Readers will find a wealth of information, and something new compared to previous years. Even though the cost has gone up slightly, all the pictures are in color. The cost is $30 and the extra $5 compared to the 2020 edition is to cover the costs of color printing.
There are stories by current and former Lake County residents Marie Lee, Jena Kittredge, John Moran and John Griffith. Lee Juillerat also has a story about Christmas Valley.
The 198-page journal features stories about communities that no longer exist, murder in the Warner Mountains, the laying of railroad tracks, and pre-history with the exploration of volcanic features.
Lee has two stories in the book. One is about the building of the N-C-O Railroad from Alturas, Calif., to Lakeview. She also shares the story of Indian John and Maggie of Lakeview who lived in the region in the latter part of the 1800s into the early part of the 20th Century; Indian John was estimated to be 100 years old when he died in 1921.
Griffith writes about the murder which occurred in the late 1800s in the Warner Valley when William Wallace killed Samuel Dodge after the two had an argument on the trail.
Kittredge discusses living in the Fort Rock area, from homesteads to modern day homes.
Moran details the many volcanic features one will find across Lake County such as Fort Rock, Crack in the Ground, Big Hole, Abert Rim, Hole in the Ground and more.
The 2021 edition of the journal is full of stories about the region that people might not know about, and possibly want to learn more about the early settlers that set the stage for the development of towns, communities and people across the entire region.
The Lake County Museum is located at 118 N. E St., Lakeview, and is open Thursday-Saturday from 12 – 4 p.m. Marie Lee is the curator and can be reached at 541-947-2220.
People can also order the journal online by visiting oit.edu/shaw/publications.