Volume 31

Volume 31 of the Journal of the Shaw Historical Library presents information and stories on places and people that were, and are, part of the history and culture of our region. From the valleys, deserts, and mountains of southern Oregon, southwestern Idaho, northern California, and northwestern Nevada, we bring you accounts of settlement, military activities, mining and logging, stagecoaches, railroads, ranching and farming, and the hopes and dreams that became part of the Western heritage.

  • Introduction
  • Pla-ik-ni: Edison Chiloquin’s Ancestral Home
  • Camp Day
  • Camp Warner
  • Forgotten Settlements of Northern Lake County
  • Wagontire
  • Blitzen and the Catlow Valley
  • Remembering the Historic Places of Malheur County
  • Some Ghosts at Crater Lake
  • Hardin City: A City That Briefly Was
  • Picard: A Town That Was
  • Settlements on Clear Lake’s North Shore
  • “Yellow Cake,” Oregon’s Only Commercial Uranium Mines
  • George Dunning: The Gunfight at the Shirk Ranch and Afterwards
  • Mowich: A Northern Klamath County Ghost Town
  • Crescent Lake Townsite: Railroad Boom Days
  • Shevlin, Oregon: A Klamath County Town that Travelled
  • Tionesta and Long-Bell Camp
  • Lowell Jones and Long-Bell Camp One
  • Tennant
  • The Madeline Plains: Madeline, Termo, and Ravendale
  • Valley Falls, Oregon: Where the Railroad Never Arrived
  • Civilian Conservation Corp’s Camp Klamath
  • The Tri-State Border

Volume 30

Volume 30 of the Shaw Historical Library Journal pays tribute to the 100th Lake County Roundup by bringing the stories of rodeos in the Land of the Lakes. From rodeos to rodeo riders to horses to photographers, this issue shows the importance of rodeos to the area.


  • Introduction
  • Lake County's Centennial Rodeo - 100 Years Young
  • Buster McKissick - First World Champion Cowboy
  • How to Put on a Rodeo with Jamie Berg and Todd Hoggarth
  • Scott Allen - The Voice of Rodeo
  • Devere and Helen Helfrich - Rodeo Hall of Fame Photographers
  • Dayton 'Hawk' Hyde, Bullfighter and Photographer
  • Great Basin Ranch Rodeo Photographer
  • Klamath Falls' First Rodeo
  • The Ivory Family of Modoc County
  • A Might Fine Time, Hippy Burmister
  • Ross Dollarhide Jr. and MC Cowboys
  • Bill Golden and His Own Rodeo Museum
  • Reba Perry Blakely - Hall of Fame Cowgirl
  • When the Ponies Ran Wild
  • War Paint - An All Time Great Bucking Horse
  • Miss Klamath - The Pride of Alturas
  • Flying Cossacks - Impossible Stunts on Horseback
  • Negroes in Rodeo
  • Remembering Beatty Rodeos
  • Klamath/Modoc Indian Cowboys
  • Louie Hutchinson - Trick Roper
  • Rob Oates -- No Fooling, He Was a Great Clown
  • The Once Traditional Chiloquin Rodeos
  • Sean Greenfield - Doin' it for the Bucks
  • Rich Partin - 30 Years of Rodeoing
  • Buffalo Scramble -- An Act That Delighted Audiences
  • Whiskey Creek Buckers
  • Over the Back Fence -- High School Rodeo Champions
  • The Flying U Twister
  • Lorena Trickey - Tragedy in Lakeview 
  • Glossary

Volume 29

Volume 29 of the Shaw Historical Library Journal celebrates sports teams and individuals from the Land of the Lakes. Celebrated are sports like ice skating which began on the frozen waters of Lake Ewauna and Upper Klamath Lake. Cross country ski races at Crater Lake National Park in the 1920s and 1930s drew Nordic skiers from around the Northwest.

  • Introduction
  • Dan O'Brien, Olympic Gold Medalist  
  • Crater Lake Wilderness Cross Country Ski Race, 1927 - 1938
  • Danny Miles, Oregon Tech's Legendary Basketball Coach
  • Backyard Ski Areas: Warner Canyon, Cedar Pass, Tomahawk
  • Ralph Hill: 1932 Silver Medalist
  • Chester Newton: Klamath's First and Least Known Olympic Medalist
  • Wrestling and Boxing at the Armory Arena
  • Louis L'Amour: A Wanderer's Time in Klamath Falls
  • Ursal Snapp: Giner Jack the Boxer
  • My Personal History of Ice Skating in Klamath Falls - Paula Brown
  • Janice Romary: A Six-Time Olympian
  • Rick Sanders: The Olympian No One Remembers
  • Ella Redkey: A Lady and a Pool
  • Jean Saubert: Lakeview's Olympic Medalist
  • Inspired by Seeing the Olympics as a Nine-Year Old - Glenn Jobe
  • My Journey - Laurenne Ross From Her Blog Before and During the 2018 Olympics
  • After World War II: Great Years for Women's Softball and Men's Basketball
  • All Dressed Up but Nowhere to Go - Luke Klaja
  • The Olympics That Wasn't
  • Walt Badorek: Champion Skeet Shooter
  • Iditarod's Littlest Musher
  • Running the Rim: The Crater Lake Rim Runs
  • A Running Life - Leonard Hill
  • Remembering the Olympics - Ian Dobson
  • Ashton Eaton: From La Pine to Olympic Gold
  • Baseball at Tulelake

Volume 28

Volume 28 of the Journal of the Shaw Historical Library celebrates and commemorates the presence and impact of the soldiers, sailors, and airmen in the history of the greater Klamath Basin, from Frémont in 1843 to the Oregon Air National Guard at Kingsley Field today.

Explore some familiar and not-so-familiar accounts of encounters in the 1800s, war on the home front in the 1940s and a striking photo-essay on the sleek and powerful planes that patrol our skies. Pay homage to those who have given their lives. EVERY DAY IS MEMORIAL DAY.

  • Introduction to the Military in the Land of the Lakes
  • Where's My Money? Or, the Lost Coins of the John C. Frémont Expedition of 1843
  • Evans and Bailey Fight (1861)
  • The Battle of the Infernal Caverns
  • Fort Klamath: Diverse Legacies of a Military Outpost on Oregon's Eastern Frontier
  • Remembrance and Negotiation: Pensions for Modoc War Veterans
  • At the Forefront: Three Contributions to Transportation Infrastructure in the Land of the Lakes
  • Jehovah Witnesses Riot, 1942
  • The Oregon Maneuver: World War II on the High Desert
  • Growing Up Boomer
  • Klamath County – Ready for War
  • Honoring the Mitchell Monument
  • Military Aviation in the Land of the Lakes
  • Military Aviation: Photo Essay
  • Klamath Falls and Lakeview Area Memorials to Fallen Veterans

Volume 27

This issue of the Journal of the Shaw Historical Library commemorates the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act. The articles and their authors celebrate the enduring ecological and social benefits of our wilderness resource, and those passionate visionaries who understood that wilderness is part of our culture. It opens with an essay by Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell whose job it is to protect and sustain the nation’s wilderness, the “blank spots on the map,” which are keys to our heritage as Americans into the future. A contribution by National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis wraps up the issue, reminding us that we “only recently came inside,” and time spent “out there” keeps us in touch with who we really are. In between are in-depth articles on the history of our wilderness areas, and shorter entries by outdoor enthusiasts that answer the question, “Why wilderness?” These personal accounts of wilderness experiences reveal the magnificent spaces and exceptional natural and cultural resources to be explored and enjoyed in the Land of the Lakes.

  • Introduction
  • Protecting America's Wilderness Heritage
  • Land of the Lakes Wilderness Areas Map & Descriptions
  • Judge John Breckenridge Waldo & the Cascade Range Forest Reserve
  • "Why Wilderness?": Luke Reudiger, Bill Sullivan, Hermann Gucinski, Larry Hills
  • The Human Side of Gearhart Wilderness
  • Mountain Lakes: The Wilderness of Memory
  • A Historian's Wilderness: Hart Mountain
  • John Muir in Klamath Country
  • Mt. Shasta Preservation Efforts
  • In the Thick of It: My Life in the Sierra Club
  • "Why Wilderness?": Robert Gresham, Steve Kandra, John Daniel, Sean Stephens, Jonne Goeller, Lee Juillerat, Mike Reynolds, Sarah Bone, Nancy Nodensten, Frank Lang, Donald Goheen, Perry Chocktoot, Jonathan Jarvis

Volume 26

The organization, Discover Klamath, joined the Shaw Historical Library to produce the Library’s 26th publication in 2012, celebrating the rich and varied history of Klamath Basin in the Land of the Lakes.  The articles in this issue are intended to inform readers about the rich social and cultural history of the Klamath region.  Drawing on input from the historical community, the focus is on the key events that have shaped the lives of local men and women over the last two centuries, the defining roots of local culture. Readers are encouraged to get out and visit sites associated with that history, and there are maps with the articles that make clear where to look, what to look at, and how to make sense of it all.

  • Introduction
  • Captain Sprague's Big Adventure
  • Remembering the Modoc War
  • On the Home Front: World War II Sites in the Klamath Basin
  • Railroad Logging Sites in the Land of the Lakes - Part I
  • Railroad Logging Sites in the Land of the Lakes - Part II
  • Boom to Bust: History of the Forest Industry in Klamath County
  • The Klamath reclamation Project: From Top to Bottom
  • The Enduring Spirit of the Rural Klamath Basin
  • Gateway to the Basin & Range: Land of the Lakes
  • A Geology Tour of the Klamath Basin

Volume 25

In this 25th, “Silver Anniversary” issue, the 2011 Journal celebrates the history and importance of cattle ranching in the Land of the Lakes. For over one hundred and fifty years, cattle ranching has played a significant role in shaping the land, the economy and the people of the Klamath region, and there are ranchlands here still owned and run by the same families down through the generations. While there have been articles published in past issues about the adversities livestock producers endured developing grazing land in the Land of the Lakes, this is the first to focus entirely on the cattle industry, the men who explored and exploited our region in the beginning, and the steadfast men, women and families who manage their livestock and land today, while holding the promise of a vibrant future for many generations to come.

  • Introduction
  • Cattle Kingdoms in the High Desert, 1869-1900
  • Jesse Carr's Cattle Empire
  • Modoc County Pioneers: The Dalton-Byrne Family
  • Henry Miller, "The Butcher"
  • Pioneer Settlement: Langell Valley and the Gerber Block
  • Buckaroo Images
  • Buckaroo Style
  • Gerlach Land & Livestock Company
  • Mary Fields, Woman of the West
  • ZX Country
  • Yamsi Ranch: Portrait of a Cattle Woman
  • Images from the Family Ranch
  • Cattle Branding
  • Belle of the Whitehorse Ranch - Anne Stewart Bentz
  • Banding Together: Cattlemen's and CattleWomen's Associations
  • Cattle Drive
  • On the Barn Floor
  • Advantages of Being Ranch Raised: Jessica Hemphill

Volume 23-24

Although it is famous as the most costly American Indian War, the Modoc War occupied only a short interval in the history and significance of Lava Beds National Monument. Lava Beds was the longtime homeland to an ancient people who valued for centuries the ability to sustain life on a harsh volcanic landscape. Lava Beds' distinctness as both an important cultural and accessible volcanic landscape afforded it recognition as a national monument in 1925. This Two Volume Journal explores some of the history of this unique American region.

  • Introduction
  • Chronology of the Modoc War Conflict Without Counterpart
  • The Fields of Battle Tour
  • The Modoc Outbreak, San Francisco Chronicle Meeting the Sun: Chapter XXVI—The Modoc War
  • The Modoc War—A Mirror to the Future
  • New Facts, New Interpretations, 1988–2011
  • Panel Discussion of the Modoc War by Descendants of Participants: Tom Nash, Cheewa James, Gerald Jackson, Jane DeLeon, Melissa Meacham Stewart, Daniel A. Halferty, Dan Colwell, Margaret Powell, Helen Crume Smith, Lynn Schonchin
  • Exile of the Modoc Tribe, San Francisco Chronicle Miami and the Modocs
  • The Modoc War: Novel Ways of Playing With History
  • J.D. Howard--The Man Behind the Monument
  • The Lava Beds Monument and the Making of California's "Last" Indian War
  • The Discovery of Valentine Cave—An Interview with Ross R. Musselman, Sr.
  • Changes Within The Sagebrush-Steppe Grasslands At Lava Beds National Monument Since 1873
  • Lava Beds National Monument Comes of Age  

Volume 22

The wings of a million birds beat in the skies above the Lower Klamath and the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges. Their noise evokes the memory of Lower Klamath Refuge’s establishment as the nation’s first waterfowl refuge. This collection of articles, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Lower Klamath refuge, examines the area’s unique and complicated history.

  • Introduction
  • Necessary Co-Existence: Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges and the Klamath Reclamation Project, Part I, II
  • Duck Tales & Mother Goose Rhymes, Nelson Reed
  • Conflict and Compromise: William L. Finley and the Revival of Lower Klamath Lake
  • Photographs of the 1905 Klamath Expedition
  • Lake Shore Property: Introduction to the Prehistoric Use of the Lower Klamath and Tule Lakes
  • Portfolio of Refuge Images
  • A Memorable Day in a Refuge Photo Blind
  • Lower Klamath Refuge in Words, Photography and Art
  • A Century of Waterfowl Hunting on the Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges
  • Conserving Our resources and Preserving Our Heritage: The Klamath Restoration Agreement
  • A Guide to National Wildlife Refuges in the Land of the Lakes