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    (1852- )
    Born in United States
    Located in Jackson County
    Located near the southern part of Bear Creek Valley; north of the California border
    2013 Population: 20,713
    Originally called Ashland Mills until 1871
    Home of Southern Oregon University, Lithia Park and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
    The Donation Land Act resulted into violent conflicts between the white settlers and the native people in the 1850s.
    A mineral spa was originally planned to be at Lithia Park, but plans for it were abandoned (1916).
    It could be a tourist trap.
    Ashland Creek had caused floodwaters on New Year's Day (1997).
    It is one of the places in Oregon to have a very expensive cost of living.
    The electric vehicle company Brammo, Inc. was originated here but they moved their headquarters to Talent, Oregon.
    In the early stages of the 20th century, local voters pushed for women's suffrage.
    The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the country's largest venues for Shakespeare plays.
    It is where the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory is located.
    The Varsity Theatre hosts the Ashland Independent Film Festival every April.
    Lithia Park was designed by horticulturist John McLaren, one of the men behind San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
    Some people from nearby northern California like to come here to shop.
    It is the starting location of the Bear Creek Greenway for biking and hiking.
    Skiing is abundant at nearby Mount Ashland.

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