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Medford is a city in the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon. The town is southern Oregon's largest and most diverse city, brimming with historical and cultural attractions while offering regional tax-free shopping. Medford is the county seat of Jackson County, and is the commercial and medical hub of southern Oregon.

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  1. The Bear Creek Greenway was completed in 2011, stretching from Ashland to Central Point, and cuts through Medford on its way. Named for Bear Creek, the Bear Creek Greenway is a 17.9 mile hiking and biking path, and is inaccessible to motor vehicles.
  2. The city was named in 1883 by David Loring, civil engineer and right-of-way agent for the Oregon and California Railroad.
  3. Named for Roxy Ann Bowen, an early settler who lived at the base of the peak, Roxy Ann Peak is a 30-million-year-old dormant volcano. It rises almost 2,000 feet above sea level and can be found in the largest park in Medford.
  4. In 1926, Ginger Rogers performed at a theater in Medford called The Craterian, and in 1990, she moved to Medford, where she spent her summers for the rest of her years.
  5. Just outside of Medford is a set of volcanic plateaus called Upper Table Rock and Lower Table Rock, both are popular hiking locations as well as home to some endangered wildflower species.

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