National Register of Historic Places in Jackson County

National Register #74001688: Birdseye House in the Town of Rogue River Reconstruction of Original House
20 September 2010
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National Register #74001688
David N. Birdseye House
Highway 99 at David N. Birdseye Creek
Rogue River
Built 1856
Burned 1990

The following is from the Oregon Blue Book:

About the Birdseye Ranch

Established by David and Clarissa Birdseye in 1853
Location: Jackson County
Current Owner: Victor Theodore "Ted" Birdseye II


David Nelson Birdseye and his wife Clarissa settled in the Rogue River Valley near Gold Hill in 1853. As with most of the early farms and ranches, crops and livestock were diversified. By the 20th century, the ranch focused on raising a small beef herd, hay, pasture, and occasionally grain. In the 1980s, with the price of beef down, Ted Birdseye switched to 300 head of sheep. But with coyote, big cat, and domestic dog problems, he shifted back to cattle.


Besides cattle, the ranch raises quarter horses and maintains a hay crop and pasture land. The original log house built in 1856 burned in a fire in 1990. Although declared a total loss, Ted Birdseye had the landmark structure rebuilt according to its original design, including using 1850s construction techniques. It was a strong statement of the pride demonstrated by these descendants of pioneer families.

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