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Buck Rock Tunnel Archaeological History Tour

  • Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (map)

Join us for a guided history hike at the Buck Rock Tunnel on Sunday, July 7! Southern Oregon University’s Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project archaeology field school is investigating Buck Rock Tunnel, the original Oregon and California Railroad route through the Siskiyou mountains. The tunnel and surrounding railroad grade were under construction between 1883-1884 by Chinese railroad workers. The project is a collaboration between the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) and the BLM, and is part of the larger multi-agency research project that is investing Chinese immigrant sites from across the state.

You can join in on the discovery by attending a guided history hike to the site, which will feature artifacts and updates on the project findings, historical maps, and information about the history of the Buck Rock Tunnel in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

Tours will be held at 8:30 AM9:30AM, and 10:30 AM. Each tour is limited to 18 people and registration is mandatory. Register here!

Directions: Tour groups will meet and carpool from the Rite Aid parking lot (corner of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road). Park at the east end, near the Rodeway Inn.

Hike Duration: 3.2 miles round-trip

Hike Length: approximately 2.5 hours

Difficulty Level: Moderately strenuous (560' in elevation gain over the course of 1.6 miles uphill, hiking fitness and experience strongly recommended)

On the day of the hike:

  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes

  • Bring snacks and enough water for the day

  • Additional items: Hat, Sunscreen, Walking Sticks, Binoculars, Hand Lens

  • Bring layers

Please be considerate of the group and meet on time at the designated location.

For more information about the tours, send inquiries to Ellie Thompson,

There will also be a free public lecture about the Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project on July 3rd at 6:30 in the SOU Hannon Library Meese room. Find out more about this talk and activities happening across the state here.