Now then, Jennings, here it is

    Since You Asked

    I am new to Medford. Who was Roxy Ann? ' Jennings R. (sent July 31)

    So who was Roxy Ann? ' Jennings R. (sent Aug. 5)

    So, what good is a you asked section if you never answer? ' Jennings R. (sent Sept. 19)

    All right, already, give it a rest! Jennings, you're persistent, so you'll get your answer, but first a little primer on Since You Asked.

    We get dozens of questions every week sent in by readers in search of the ultimate truths known only to the crack staff here at Since You Asked. Since we run one question/answer per day, that means some don't get answered.

    We decide which to answer primarily based on how interesting the topic is. Frankly, we get some pretty lame questions, and those don't see the light of day (of course, those aren't written by our readers, none of whom would ever write anything lame). We also don't usually run questions we've already answered, which is the case for your question (answered June 28, 2000).

    But since you're new, we'll make an exception. Here's the answer:

    Roxy Ann Peak, the dominant point directly to the east of Medford (and visible from most parts of the city) was named for Roxy Ann Bowen, wife of John Bowen, after the couple settled near the base of the peak in the 1850s, according to the reference book Oregon Geographic Names.

    White settlers originally called it Skinner Butte, named perhaps after A.A. Skinner, an Indian agent in the area in the early 1850s.

    It is home today to the city's largely undeveloped 1,740-acre Prescott Park. A hike up the park's main road off Hillcrest Road (a gate often closes it to vehicle traffic) reveals spectacular views of the valley.

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