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The speaker is a 74-year-old White man with a grade school education from Jacksonville, Oregon; he was recorded in 1967.



County: Jackson
State: OR

Commentary:
Jacksonville was a gold rush town, founded after the discovery of gold deposits in 1851. The town prospered over the next three decades, attracting farmers and ranchers, and was for a time the county seat and the largest city in Oregon. After the railroad bypassed Jacksonville in 1884, the local economy slowed and the population dwindled. An unintended benefit of this downturn was that the city???s historic structures were not razed in the name of progress; with over one hundred preserved period buildings, Jacksonville became a designated National Historical District in 1966 and remains a popular tourist attraction. The current population is approximately 2,800. In this segment the speaker shares a musical piece of history. He plays a 1914 popular song on a collection of cowbells, most of which date from cattle drives along the Oregon Trail (even if the song does not).
Inf: Well this, uh, collection of cowbells, practically all of ???em have come, uh, from the east, uh, da-, on the Oregon Trail. And I???

FW: You don???t have to bend over for it [=tape recorder]. It???ll just pick up anything you say.

Inf: And I thought that possibly that, uh, they???re not very good to look at, so I thought maybe that I could, uh, rig ???em up some way so I could play a little tune with ???em. And I hope you???ll bear with me. We???ll try to give a little brief synopsis of different tunes that they used during that early time when the people came over the Oregon Trail. We???ll start out with, uh, possibly the old ???There???s a Long, Long Trail A-Winding.??? We???ll see what we can do with that.

FW: Okay.

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