'Meet the Ashland Pioneers' at city cemetery

History will come alive in Ashland when the second annual "Meet the Ashland Pioneers" cemetery tours take place Fridays and Saturdays, July 2-3 and 10-11, at the Ashland Cemetery, East Main and Morton streets.

Sixteen actors dressed in period costumes will portray some of the more colorful characters and events that took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Visitors will meet characters such as Oscar and Lucinda Ganiard, played by Grant Sheperd and Patty Duggan. Ganiard built the White Sulfur Springs Hotel and Baths, the Peerless Rooming House and the Ganiard Opera House at North Main and Pioneer streets.

You'll also meet Caleb Porter, train conductor for the Gold Special, and Ray DeAutremont, the man who tried to rob the train at Tunnel 13 Siskiyou Mountains.

The tours last one hour and will begin every 15 minutes between 4 and 7 p.m. at the cemetery's entrance.

Tickets cost $10, $25 for families of five or less, $5 for ages 12 and younger and are available at Paddington Station. Dogs will not be permitted.

For more information, call 541-621-2995 or visit www.rvuuf.org.

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