Casey State Recreation Site

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Casey State Recreation Site
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Casey State Recreation Site is located in Oregon
Casey State Recreation Site
TypePublic, state
LocationJackson County, Oregon
Nearest cityMedford
Coordinates42°39′33″N 122°41′57″W / 42.659231°N 122.699179°W / 42.659231; -122.699179Coordinates: 42°39′33″N 122°41′57″W / 42.659231°N 122.699179°W / 42.659231; -122.699179
Operated byOregon Parks and Recreation Department

Casey State Recreation Site is a day-use only state park located 29 miles northeast of Medford, Oregon off Oregon Route 62.[1] The parks offers picnic and boating facilities, as well as access to the Rogue River, it is located on the Crater Lake Highway and is a popular salmon fishing area.

The land for the park was leased from the federal government in 1932 and purchased in 1937. At the time of the lease, there were two residents on the land. One of them, James Allen Casey (J.A. Casey or "Jack" Casey), who was born in Kansas, had built a small restaurant and tourist camp, called Casey's Auto Camp. ((James Allen Casey believed he had homesteaded the land, many years before it was "discovered" to be federal land. James was a direct descendant of John Wallace (1277 - 1307) -- Sir John Wallace, "Laird Of Elderslie," younger brother of William "Braveheart" Wallace. Laird John was executed for defending Scotland, as were his father and brother before him.)) Since they did not own the land they were granted three-year leases. The Civilian Conservation Corps improved the existing facilities; adding a parking lot, more tables, individual stoves, a boat ramp, and trails.[2]

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  1. ^ "Casey State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
  2. ^ Armstrong, Chester H (1965). Oregon State Parks: History, 1917-1963. Salem, OR: Oregon State Highway Department. p. 107. OCLC 5694863.
  • Weiss, Robert Mark (1991). Laurelhurst: Lost Community of the Upper Rogue. Eagle Point, OR: Laurelhurst Publications. ISBN 0-9624726-1-1.

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