Merlin, Oregon, is an unincorporated place in the northern part of Josephine County. It is only about six miles northwest of the community of Grants Pass. Merlin is found in extreme southwestern Oregon amidst the many streams, rivers and mountains found in the area.
In 1883, a new railroad station was constructed in the spot that would eventually become the community of Merlin. At first, the station was dubbed "Jump Off Joe" to pay homage to a local creek. In 1886, the station was renamed Merlin, thanks to a railroad engineer that named it after the merlins, or small falcons, that he often saw in the region. The Merlin post office was built next to the railroad station in 1891.
Parks and Recreation
The Merlin Community Park is a multi-use facility that is one of just a few parks in the northern part of the county. There's a youth baseball diamond and soccer fields for those under 12 years of age. A modern playground, basketball court and horseshoe pits are also available. Visitors can also relax at the gazebo, enjoy a picnic or make use of one of the BBQ pits.
Rafting on the Rogue River is possible along an extensive, 40-mile-long stretch of the Rogue River that was once well-travelled by trappers and prospectors alike. Famous rapids like Rainey Falls and Blossom Bar are nationally known. In addition to rafting, some intrepid adventurers take on the rapids in special inflatable kayaks.
Attractions and Activities
Turn back the clock by entering historic Pottsville, in Merlin. This unique little "community" was developed by a former mayor of Grants Pass. Eugene "Debs" Potts was also a former state senator. Potts has assembled literally thousands of Oregon artifacts here. Among the antiques are steam engines, a horse-drawn logging wagon and even a concrete step from a state capitol building that fell victim to a fire in 1935. Antique tractors and mining equipment add dimension to the display. Car enthusiasts will want to check out the 1928 Chevy convertible and the bright red 1929 Chrysler.
Merlin Community Park hosts a number of events each year, including the annual Veteran's Day observance.
In nearby Grants Pass, residents can check out the whimsical and creative bear sculptures that are scattered about the community each year during Bearfest. These painted and bejeweled creations are then auctioned off to raise money for various local non-profit endeavors.
At Christmas, Grants Pass is the site of a memorable tree-lighting ceremony in the town square. A highlight of the celebration is the moment that Santa disembarks from a train as it rolls into town.
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