National Register of Historic Places in Jackson County

National Register #78002287: Patrick Dunn Ranch Near Ashland 22 February 2011
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From State Route 66 in the winter, the ranch house is just visible through he trees.

National Register #78002287
Patrick Dunn Ranch
Highway 66 Southeast of Ashland
Built 1860

The house on the Patrick Dunn Ranch is one of the oldest in the Rogue River Valley.

Patrick Dunn, a native of Ireland, settled in the Rogue River Valley after an unsuccessful attempt at California gold mining. He arrived in the valley in 1851, and first lived in a log cabin which he erected a short distance from here.

In 1860, one year after Oregon achieved statehood, Dunn, then married, built this two-story frame home.

In the years between 1851 and 1860, Dunn had seen service as a member of the Territorial Legislature, served as Jackson County assessor, county commissioner, and county clerk. He also fought American Indians in the 1855 Rogue River uprisings.

The Dunn family owned the property until 1970. The house, while still intact, was in a state of advanced deterioration. Restoration included stabilization of the structure with two exposed beams in the first floor ceiling to tie the building together.

Adapted from the NRHP nomination submitted in 1978.

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