Site with local link may become park

April 10, 2007 11:00 pm

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – A site with Crescent City connections may soon join the Oregon state park system. Fort Lane near Central Point, Ore., – a site that's been "looted like mad" according to Mark Tveskov, the director of the Southern Oregon University Laboratory and Anthropology. He said that "a lot of stuff has been found out there." Researchers found bottles, dishes, buttons, shoe pieces, horse tack and part of a domino, along with an 1854 U.S. silver quarter shaped into a spur. Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission has agreed to accept the 19-acre property from Jackson County, and create a plan to protect the site. Officials declined to disclose the exact site of the fort, built in 1853 after a skirmish between American Indians and European settlers. To build the fort, glass windows and kegs of nails were hauled overland from Crescent City.