Pioneer Woman Runs Stagecoach Station after Husbandís Death
Monday, August 22, 2011
By Dennis M. Powers
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Jane and Lytle White journeyed by sea from the East Coast to Oregon in 1858 with their children via the Isthmus of Panama, San Francisco, and Crescent City. After living in Josephine County for several months, they moved to Rock Point on the Rogue River near Gold Hill. The Whites built a hotel and stage station, centrally located on the route running from Roseburg through the Rogue Valley and across the Siskiyous into Northern California.
Although flooding in 1861 washed away their hotel and toll bridge at Rock Point, the couple rebuilt after one year. Running the hotel and stage station with her husband, Jane White also prepared meals for the stagecoach passengers at that station, and was eventually credited with the longest record of stagecoach service by any woman between Portland and San Francisco.
When her husband died in 1877, White continued on with the hotel and station. With the railroad approaching the Gold Hill area in the 1880s, she knew that stagecoach travel would soon be obsolete. After over 25 years of service with the hotel, she moved to Ashland in 1885, where she died in 1911.
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Source: ďObituary: Mrs. Jane E. White.Ē Medford Mail Tribune archives, March 31, 1911.