Starlight, Star Bright LbNA # 49824
|Placed Date||Aug 15 2009|
This letterbox is located at Tub Springs State Wayside, on OR 66, 18 miles E of Ashland.
A little history lesson...
TUB SPRINGS STATE WAYSIDE
In 1846, a wagon train led by Jesse Applegate traversed southern Oregon along what became known as the Applegate Trail. Tub Springs Wayside is one of the stopping points before you head down the mountain pass into Ashland. Take a moment to stop here amid the towering fir and sense what it was like 150 years ago. Breathe in the fresh mountain air. There's an interpretive panel at the wayside describing the difficulties faced by these pioneers.
The name Tub Springs is derived from the tubs that were installed in the 1930s to provide spring water for travelers. The tubs have been renovated and are still functional today. The same springs that provided early settlers with plentiful fresh water still flow.
There is no fee to use this beautiful park. There are restrooms, picnic tables, plenty of room for RV parking, walking trails, and historic displays. For information, call 1-800-551-6949.
After parking in the lot, take the main trail uphill to the sign that says "Loop Trail" to your right. Take approximately 23 steps on Loop Trail to the sign on your left which says "Historic Wagon Road." In a stump right behind this sign lies the letterbox, under debris and rocks. Happy hunting!