County will give Fort Lane to state

Ravaged by artifact looters over the years, Jackson County's worst-kept secret is ready to go public.

Fort Lane, an 1853 Army post outside Central Point, is being transferred to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Jackson County commisisoners decided today.

Even though many maps show its whereabouts, state and local officials haven't disclosed the location because of vandalism and looting, but all that's about to change.

State parks officials will invest $135,000 to repair fencing, build a bathroom and improve access from Tolo Road and to surrounding trails.

"People should realize why we're transferring the property over to state parks — they have more cash than we do," said Commissioner Dave Gilmour.

The total area for the park is 25.80 acres.

— Damian Mann


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