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Thursday 8-11-22 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:35 Dr. Jane Orient M.D. Executive Director of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)
August 10, 2022
What Does ‘Gender Affirming’ Mean for Your Child?
Jane M. Orient, M.D.
The Biden Administration is planning to reinstate rules withdrawn by the Trump Administration that add gender identity to nondiscrimination protections. It would also expand requirements to include any providers who accept Medicare Part B.
It’s not altogether clear what this will mean. There is no evidence that transgender or gender-nonconforming persons are failing to get prenatal care or delivery of babies, treatment for heart attacks, gall bladder surgery, trauma care, or other types of care that all types of patients might need—though it is possible that some caregivers might use the “wrong” pronouns. The issue seems to be “gender-affirming” care.
Physicians might be pressured to provide care they think is morally objectionable or harmful to a patient. This was the reason why the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) objected to the rule in the first place.
But exactly what kind of care? Language is the tool we use for thinking, and the meaning of words is critically important. “Affirming” sounds like a good thing, a positive thing. It’s replacing the term “sex change.”
Unarguably, it is impossible to change biological sex, to switch out the Y or the second X chromosome present in every cell of a person’s body. Also, advocates claim that people “know” themselves “really” to be of a gender different from the one “assigned at birth,” so the gender is essentially not being changed.
Puberty confirms and exhibits biologic sex, but in Newspeak this is not called “affirming.” After going through natural puberty, the vast majority of gender-confused children accept the biological reality that their bodies constantly manifest. So, many transgender activists insist that “affirming” therapy must be started before puberty, using a puberty blocker such as Lupron™ (leuprolide). It works by stopping production of the pituitary hormone that tells the testicles to make testosterone or the ovaries to made estrogen. Its main approved use is in cancer chemotherapy. It is also used in infertility treatments and to delay precocious puberty. Using it to suppress normal puberty is an unapproved, “off-label” use.
Lupron has numerous severe adverse effects. It stops the maturation of sex cells, and may result in sterility. It stunts growth and reduces bone density, among other consequences. It is not a harmless on-off switch that can delay a child’s development to give the child time to “explore” gender identity. While it may prevent or diminish irreversible changes such as a deepening voice, it causes its own, probably irreversible changes in many body systems.
The next step is cross-sex hormones to “affirm” (cause) the development of some secondary sex characteristics of the nonbiologic gender, such as facial hair, voice changes, and breast development. But sex hormones are not magic potions; many characteristics of the biological sex will persist despite years of therapy.
The next and clearly irreversible step is surgery.
Surgery does not affirm body parts. Surgery merely removes functional organs and replaces them with non-functional imperfect replicas. For example, a skin-covered wound that requires constant dilatation to remain open will never have the functionality of female genitalia.
Transgender extremists may try to steer a child into this course, even without the knowledge or consent of a parent.
Female-to-male transgender people might enjoy showing off their “top surgery”—if they had extremely expensive cosmetic surgery. If they haven’t, they will not look like the models shown on the internet, but will simply have a flat, deeply scarred, female-sized chest.
How many surgeons explain the possible urinary problems? Some patients will have to spend 10 minutes emptying their bladder and will constantly drip urine. “Bottom surgery” is complex, painful, and fraught with complications, while its results are typically far from the wishful expectations.
Are these interventions “affirming”–or denying?
Biological women are denied their prospects for femininity. They can lose their smooth skin, their breasts, their beautiful soprano singing voice, and their ability to bear children. They are likely to lose permanently their attractiveness to men who desire a lifelong female partner and wife and mother.
Biological men are denied their full height and strength and their potency, fertility, and attractiveness to women who desire a lifelong male partner and protector and father to their children. Post “transition” they will probably still have a distinctly male bone structure and other typically male coarser features.
“Affirmative treatment” negates the ability to experience intimacy in relationships in the way that normal women or normal men do. All patients will need lifelong medical care—continuous hormones and management of adverse effects.
But will the “affirmed” people be happy with their identity and less likely to commit suicide? We have very little long-term follow-up, and for now well-funded Woke activists are in control of research and treatment, and in a position to punish or cancel all non-affirming opinion.
“Affirming” a delusion, and denying reality can only lead to harm
7:35 Blaine L. Pardoe, author of A Most Uncivil War. Pardoe is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of numerous science fiction, military history, true crime, horror, and business leadership books.
FREEDOM IS ALWAYS WORTH FIGHTING FOR!
A Most Uncivil War
(Book Two in the Blue Dawn Series)
Blaine L. Pardoe
Newmerica was forged out of a violent coup that superimposed a socialist state over what had been the United States of America. For five years into their rule, the progressives have had their way in dismantling every aspect of American life. Out of the shadows, a new American President has been sworn in, threatening their grip on the nation. The Newmerican’s are unwilling to turn over the reins of power setting the stage for a conflict unlike any other.
As a second American Civil War erupts, a unique ensemble of characters must struggle to find their place in the conflict and survive. One is a war veteran struggling with his reputation and deep personal loss. Another is a covert agent who must rescue a freedom fighter trapped behind the lines. Another is a Secret Service Director on a race against time with an assassin. A college student tries to hide from social enforcers bent on making an example of her, and a military commander must face the ultimate test in battle. Against the backdrop of a Presidential election that might fracture the nation even further, the enemies of freedom show their true colors and the depths they will go to hold onto power.
Woven from the tapestry of today’s headlines, Blaine Pardoe presents the gripping second book in the Blue Dawn series. One thing is certain, this internal struggle for control of the American way of life will be a most uncivil war!
8:15 State Senator Dennis Linthicum, Oregon Senate District 28, Klamath Falls – does a fantastic Breakdown of SB762 (fire mapping bill) in his latest Newsletter. Read it here:
Wednesday 8-10-22 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:35 Eric Peters, Automotive journalist and head of www.EPAutos.com and here’s just some of his hot latest articles:
7:10 PUBLICIST TO THE STARS! THE IMPESARIO OF THE MAGA MEDIA RELEASES HIS FIRST BOOK! The Woking Dead: How Society’s Vogue Virus Destroys Our Culture
A.J. Rice, is President & CEO of Publius PR, Editor-in-Chief of The Publius National Post, and author of the new book, The Woking Dead: How Society’s Vogue Virus Destroys Our Culture.
8:10 Dr. Naomi Wolf, we talk about the breaking news that the CDC partnered with big tech to cancel her…and the memos have been revealed.
PUBLIUS SPECIAL GUEST: Naomi Wolf, author of The Bodies of Others: The New Authoritarians, Covid-19 and the War Against the Human. Wolf is co-founder and CEO of DailyClout.io, a successful civic tech company.
Thanks to a FOIA lawsuit brought by America First Legal against the big tech companies, I have learned that the CDC’s press group coordinated with big tech companies, such as Twitter, to attack critics of vaccine side effects for ‘misinformation.’ To my horror I saw that a tweet of mine was included in targeted tweets that America First obtained via FOIA. The tweet of mine that the CDC brought to big tech for targeting, was an example of basic investigative reporting on women’s health issues – the kind of reporting I’ve done for 35 years. My flagged tweet simply noted that hundreds of women were reporting menstrual side effects, and this needed more investigation. Of course, this turned out to be true and even Dr. Fauci recently acknowledged, in an appearance on Special Report with Bret Baier, that “we need to study it more (effect of the vaccines on menstrual cycles).”
Shortly after the CDC identified my tweet as ‘misinformation’ I was deplatformed and a global attack from legacy media sought to undermine my reputation. Tweets that I had previously deleted as being poorly worded, were resuscitated and circulated to media in the effort to discredit me. Only Twitter could have retrieved these deleted tweets. I was called ‘mad’ and ‘batshit crazy’ and counter factual.’
But a year plus layer, everything about which I warned about and documented in my bestselling book The Bodies of Others turned out to be true. NIH studies confirm that vaccinated women have an AVERAGE of a day more a month of menstrual bleeding. Some vaccinated women have two periods a month; ten-year-old girls began bleeding post-vaccination; ling postmenopausal women suffer uterine bleeding post vaccination. Some vaccinated women suffer from uterine ‘casting’.
And predictably, spontaneous abortion, miscarriage and neonatal deaths for vaccinated mothers are up 34% in Israel and up to 200% in Scotland.
The CDC is tasked and funded by our tax dollars, to protect us from harms. Instead, the CDC directed public resources to silence responsible journalism about a valid women’s health concern and as a result, thousands of women have suffered serious physical harm and their fertility may have been severely affected.
It’s terrifying to be a private citizen and a longtime, highly credible reporter on women’s health issues, who was targeted by my own government simply for doing my job.
I am discussing bringing both civil and criminal charges against CDC. All US women have been harmed by this attack on women’s health journalism.
Since I am still deplatformed, I need you to help get the word out. You can purchase my bestselling book, a work that will stand the test of time, The Bodies of Others on Amazon, Book-A-Million, Barnes and Noble or directly through my publisher — All Seasons Press.
Tuesday 8-09-22 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:35 Joel Gilbert, author of Michelle Obama 2024: Her Real Life Story and Plan for Power and director of the documentary Michelle Obama 2024. Gilbert is a political commentator and foreign policy analyst based in Los Angeles.
WATCH THE FILM TRAILER HERE:
Michelle Obama will run for President in 2024 and base her candidacy on a life story that is more racially divisive and very nearly as fictitious as that of her husband Barack.
This book, published by Post Hill Press, is based on one year of research and extensive personal interviews with those closest to Michelle Obama, including relatives, teachers, professors, boyfriends, and close friends. Michelle Obama’s real story and real-life history is revealed for the first time…
Michelle Obama is not who she pretends to be. In Michelle Obama 2024, filmmaker Joel Gilbert does a deep dive into the life of the most popular woman in America and reveals one game-changing detail after another. Gilbert’s investigative journey takes him from Chicago to Princeton to Washington to Martha’s Vineyard and beyond. Along the way, he discovers that Michelle has created a cynical, highly effective, false narrative of her life story based largely on gender and race. In Chicago, Gilbert chronicles how Michelle has repeatedly run from the Black community or sold it out, much as her father did when he served as a precinct captain for the Daley Machine. Gilbert then exposes Michelle Obama’s “I hate politics” disclaimer as strategic cover for her intense lifelong political advocacy as he deconstructs Michelle’s best-selling autobiography, Becoming.
As the best-loved Democrat, Michelle has been preparing to run for President since 2016 by following the same formula as Barack did before her. This includes writing an autobiography, giving the keynote speech at the Democrat National Convention, and heading up a voter registration organization. Gilbert also unveils Michelle’s psychological dark side and explains how her deep feelings of inadequacy drive her to run for the presidency. Gilbert ultimately reveals the real Michelle Obama, one very few Americans know or understand, but that all must be wary of as she seeks the highest office in the land. If she wins in 2024, Gilbert predicts, Michelle will take orders from global elites…and chaos will follow as surely as night follows day.
Like her husband Barack, Michelle’s ‘life story’ is more fiction than fact.
7:10 Mr. Outdoors, Greg Roberts at www.Rogueweather.com
We talk of badly-behaving fire media.
7:35 Josephine County Commissioner Herman Baertschiger talks area politics and issues.
Friday 8-05-22 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
Rick and I talk about the latest jobs report, does it make sense?
7:10 Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet is the President and CEO of Truth for Health Foundation, a faith-based human rights 501(c)(3) public charity, and the creator of the Foundation’s innovative six initiatives that advocate for early outpatient COVID treatment, treatment and resources for vaccine-injured patients including the Citizens Vaccine Injury Reporting System™ (CVIRS™), legal defense grants for military service members and others denied medical and religious freedom, medical and legal help for families of hospitalized patients denied effective treatment, and the Health and Resilience Initiative to empower people with steps to improve health and avoid the restrictions on freedom with Big Medicine, Big Pharma and Big Government. The Foundation provides international educational and training programs focused on effective strategies for COVID and many other medical conditions, and on the interconnections of health, faith and lifestyle approaches for restoring resilience and quality of life.
Newest Threat to Medical Freedom—Monkeypox “Emergency”
by Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.
August 3rd, 2022
Newest Threat to Medical Freedom—Monkeypox “Emergency”
by Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.
The World Health Organization declaration of Monkeypox as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” (PHEIC), was made by one man, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has no medical training, over the objection of the majority of his own expert committee of medical and scientific advisors. Nine of the committee members thought a PHEIC should not be declared and six supported a declaration.
“Nine and six is very, very close. Since the role of the committee is to advise, I decided to act as a tie-breaker,” Tedros said in a news conference called to announce the decision.”
Perhaps it is the “new math” that leads to the conclusion of a “tie” with a 3-vote majority on one side? And why did Tedros decide to go with the minority opinion rather than the majority?
Rosamund Lewis, the WHO technical lead for monkeypox, said in a July 20 press conference: “About 98 percent of (Monkeypox) cases are among men who have sex with men—and primarily those who have multiple recent anonymous or new partners.” She then said they are typically young and chiefly live in urban areas.
So why did Tedros decide unilaterally to declare a global emergency for the vast majority of people who do not fit this profile?
A little-known fact about the PHEIC designation is that it triggers implementation of the International Health Regulations signed in 2005 by more than 190 countries. It seems evident that WHO plans to continue their power, implemented with the COVID emergency declaration, to dictate global public health policy, and their directives for oppressive measures such as lockdowns and travel restrictions that WHO pushed globally during COVID. Since COVID obviously wasn’t stopped, WHO appears determined to implement still more draconian measures, and push more coercive vaccine mandates.
Conveniently, shortly just before the monkeypox scare, Bavarian Nordic’s JYNNEOS vaccine was approved by the FDA in September 2019 for use against both smallpox and its cousin monkeypox. This is in spite of published data showing JYNNEOS product is associated with higher risk of myocarditis, also a serious risk with the COVID shots.
The U.S. government has reportedly stockpiled enough smallpox vaccine for the entire population in the event of a biowarfare attack, and has recently ordered $113 million worth of vaccine from Bavarian Nordic, with an option to buy $180 million more for a total of 13 million doses.
Conceivably, the U.S. could mandate this vaccine—if enough could be made. Voluntary compliance would likely be a problem, as smallpox vaccines are already well-known to cause myocarditis and pericarditis, already causing death and disability world-wide with COVID-19 vaccines.
Panic over a monkeypox threat is yet another potential means to midterm elections and prevent the expected Republican takeover in Congress.
How much fear is warranted? The Truth for Health Foundation Monkey Pox Fact Sheet can be downloaded free; here are some highlights:
Monkey pox has been known in Africa since 1958, primarily as a disease of ground squirrels. It can spread to monkeys and humans with close contact and poor hygiene, but very few cases have been reported outside Africa before now.
Monkey pox is far less contagious than smallpox, influenza, or COVID, and is much milder than smallpox and unlikely to be lethal. You catch monkeypox from contact with bodily fluids such as saliva or semen, as well as skin lesion, either directly or from soiled linens or clothing.
Symptoms include fever, headaches, and lymph node swelling followed by an eruption of pus-filled blisters. The skin lesions can resemble those of shingles, chickenpox, or syphilis. The rash tends to start on the face and has the unusual feature that blisters can form on the palms of the hands.
The first cases were associated with two large European “raves.” The Canary Island event occurred—just coincidentally—on the same date as a hypothetical bioterror attack modeled in an Event 201-style wargame exercise about release of an engineered monkeypox virus, “a pathogen engineered in a laboratory with inadequate biosafety and biosecurity provisions and weak oversight.”
A whole series of pandemic simulations have been run by globalists since 2000. Is the purpose to protect public health? Or to increase the globalists’ power, and destroy individual medical freedom and national sovereignty?
Hint: consider the response to monkeypox. A public health response would shut down venues for anonymous sex for three weeks, and blast out warnings to abstain from promiscuous sex. And try traditional contact tracing. But a physician writing about his painful 14 days in isolation said nothing about contact tracing—unlike with COVID, no cellphone apps for monkeypox, lest it be stigmatizing! Just wait for a vaccine!
Americans must learn from the COVID debacle: take sensible precautions, but don’t fall for the fear porn and do not surrender your rights, especially not to WHO.
7:35 Mr. Outdoors, Greg Roberts at www.RogueWeather.com
8:15 Capt. William E. Simpson, Wild Horse Fire Brigade promoter. Could it help reduce blazes such as McKinney Creek?
This should tell legislators and county officials something! People are wising up fast to the fact that current wildfire strategies and management being given a FAIL.
Wildfires and toxic smoke are a major topic for people running for office, and now they will have to take a position and actually posit a NEW plan to reduce the frequency and intensity of catastrophic wildfire and toxic smoke, in front of the microphones and cameras. Voters wanna know the PLAN to stop these Serial Killers.
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Court Boice and I are trying to bring a Wild Horse Fire Brigade to HIS COUNTY….
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Thursday 8-04-22 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:35 Mr. X, our community researcher talks with me about the atrocious intrusions of Senate Bill 762, the wildfire risk mapping/defensible space bill. Ed and I discuss how international definitions of the WUI, Wildland Urban Interface were forced upon us. Here’s some interesting background reading that we discussed: Mr X SB762 reading info
7:10 Betsy Johnson, unaffiliated gubernatorial candidate joins me, her website www.RunBetsyRun.com
8:15 Robert J. Marks II, Ph.D. author of UNCOMPUTABLE YOU: What You Do that Artificial Intelligence Never Will. Bob is Distinguished Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, School of Engineering & Computer Science, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Baylor University. He serves as the director of Discovery Institute’s Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence.
More on Robert: www.RobertMarks.org
Should A.I. Be Granted Patents on the Designs it Helps Develop?
That’s a current argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Artificial intelligence (AI) should no more be given a patent on an invention than my word processor should be granted a copyright on the article I’m writing. Yet the U.S. Appeals Court has recently been told, “A.I. should be considered the inventor on patent applications covering a beverage container based on fractal geometry and a light beacon that flashes in a new way.”
Like bulldozers, electricity, and nuclear power, AI is a tool. Make no mistake, AI is a powerful and potentially dangerous tool. But like my word processor, it ultimately does only what it is instructed to do. [more…]
Artificial intelligence has largely replaced travel agents, tollbooth attendants and mapmakers, but will smart machines/AI someday replace attorneys, physicians, military strategies, and world leaders? What about composers, painters, and novelists? Are we doomed to obsolescence by tomorrow’s ultra-powerful artificial intelligence? Robert J. Marks, a pioneer in computing intelligence, says, “no way.” In his new book, Non-Computable You: What You Do That Artificial Intelligence Never Will, Marks says as impressive as AI is, it doesn’t hold a candle to human intelligence… and it never will. AI will never understand, experience sentience or be creative and, so far, has no common sense.
You’ll find all the answers in NON-COMPUTABLE YOU:
- Should AI be granted patents, copyrights, trademarks?
- Why doesn’t AI have common sense yet?
- Should AI robots be given human rights?
- Should the U.S. pursue development of autonomous killer robots for the military?
- Can AI help identify school shooters?
- When an AI system is involved in a tragedy like a fatal accident in a self-driving car, who is to blame?
- Is the mind the same as the brain?
- Why do some really smart people, like Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose, believe in super AI intelligence beyond that of a human while others like Nobel Prize winning physicist Roger Penrose have their doubts?
- Why can’t AI create original music or original art?
Should AI be given human rights? Believe it or not, a robot named Sophia has been granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia. Recently in the news there has been a case made for AI to be listed as an inventor on patents and listed as a creator of copyrights. Robert J Marks, makes a strong case against AI being granted any ownership of intellectual property. These powers belong to none other than NON-COMPUTABLE YOU.
Wednesday 8-03-22 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:35 Eric Peters, Automotive Journalist at EP Autos – www.EpAutos.com
Our “Wheels Up Wednesday” talk includes:
7:35 Dick Morris, New York Times bestselling author, winning presidential strategist & the man Time magazine dubbed “the most influential private citizen in America” – lays-out Trump’s secret plan to return to power in 2024. His new book: THE RETURN: TRUMP’S BIG 2024 COMEBACK.
More info on Dick: www.dickmorris.com
THE TRUMP REVOLUTION CANNOT
SUCCEED WITHOUT TRUMP.
Will he run in 2024? YOU BET HE WILL.
Will he be the GOP nominee? ABSOLUTELY.
Will he win the election? YES!
- 8:15 Jonathan Knapp, “Jon” Knapp, Josephine County Sheriffs candidate www.sheriffjon.com
We talk of his experience, what’s wrong with the department (in his view) and how to pay for it, too. Here’s his position statement on the proposed 3% sales tax in JoCo to pay for patrol:
8:40 Open for Business with Randal from Advanced Air www.MyAdvancedAir.com and a discussion on repairs, tips for staying cool and other issues you need to know during the hot weather.
Tuesday 8-02-22 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
7:10 State Representative Lily Morgan – We talk Senate Bill 762, what could be done to fix the many problems in this fire risk mapping/defensible space legislation.
7:35 Josephine County Commissioner Herman Baertschiger, More on SB762, free A/C for poor people, other political news.
8:15 Mark W. Smith is a constitutional attorney, a distinguished fellow at the Ave Maria School of Law as well as the host of the Four Boxes Diner YouTube channel, which discusses Second Amendment history and scholarship.
The “assault” weapons ban passed by the House of Representatives Friday, is likely to increase gun and ammunition magazine sales. Second Amendment expert and host of the Four Boxes Diner YouTube channel, Mark W. Smith, describes this as “Forbidden Fruit” in his new video. Mark explains that when a particular item is harder to get, the more desirable it becomes. That is exactly what is happening right now with rifles and magazines.
Mark states there are many historical examples of “Forbidden Fruits” like “Banned in Boston” in the 19th century. Certain books were banned in Boston for explicit stories, but these books were still allowed to be sold in other states/cities. Mark explains that the publishers used this as a marketing strategy to increase their sales around the country. The anti-gun community believes “assault” weapons bans will stop the purchasing of guns. But, according to the “Forbidden Fruit” theory, gun sales will only increase.
Monday 8-01-22 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
6:35 Nancy Pelosi to go to Taiwan – another “Tiny Blunder/Big Disaster”? I talk with Jared Knot, author of
Jared Knott, author of Tiny Blunders/Big Disasters: Thirty-Nine Tiny Mistakes That Changed the World Forever. Knott was a decorated combat infantry officer in Vietnam in the First Air Cavalry Division.
Experience the “Butterfly Effect” of Human History
The small things that had great historical consequences…
Here are a few examples:
- A single document poorly designed by one single clerk in one single county changed the outcome of a presidential election and led directly to a major war.
- A soldier accidentally kicks a helmet off the top of a wall and causes an empire to collapse.
- A small mechanical device several inches long fails to function, which changes the outcome of WWII and leads to the death of millions of people.
- A man fails to gather his army in time to defend against an attack because of the temptation of opium and a young slave woman.
- And many more!
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7:10 Rev. James R. Harden, M.Div. is the CEO of CompassCare Pregnancy Services and lives outside of Rochester, NY with his wife and ten children.
First Firebombed Pro-Life Medical Center Reopens Under Threat
On June 7th, CompassCare’s pro-life medical office in Buffalo was the victim of a brutal arson attack perpetrated by pro-abortion terrorist group Jane’s Revenge. CompassCare reopened to serve patients the very next day in an undisclosed location. Now despite increased threats by pro-abortion terrorists and attacks by pro-abortion politicians, CompassCare became the first firebombed pro-life medical office to rebuild and reopen—in just 52 days.
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, retired professor of Business Law, www.DennisPowersBooks.com with today’s “Where Past Meets Present”.
By Dennis Powers
Although gold mining was an important factor at first in the Illinois Valley, this did not lead to permanent towns: It was the Oregon Caves, its development, and building road access. Elijah Davidson discovered the Oregon Caves in 1874 while bear hunting deep in the Siskiyou Mountains. After shooting a deer, he followed his dog to a large hole in a mountain (now renamed Mount Elijah after him). Making his way carefully into the black darkness, Davidson lit match after match to find the silhouettes of caverns, stalactites (hanging down like icicles) and stalagmites (from below, sticking up). Telling others about his discovery, the labyrinth of caves and passageways became fairly known, but its remote location kept exploration only for the adventurous.
Experts determined that acidic rainwater from the ancient forest above had dissolved the underlying marble to create one of the world’s rare marble caves. In 1907, Joaquin Miller–the fabled “Poet of the Sierras”–visited the caves and was so impressed that he wrote an article about its unique beauty. Published by Sunset Magazine and entitled “The Marble Halls of Oregon,” this publicity gave it nationwide exposure. As a result of the continued advocacy, President Taft designated the 480-acre Oregon Caves in 1909 as a national monument.
Commercial cave tours didn’t become viable until 1922 when the Oregon State Hwy. Commission and U.S. Forest Service (“USFS”) funded and completed a road (Oregon Hwy. 46) from the Redwood Highway (Hwy. 199) to the monument. One year later, the USFS agreed with Grants Pass businessmen to finance the lodging and staff in running the resort (a concessionaire now does this), while it (later the National Park Service–or “NPS”) provided oversight and infrastructure, including cave lighting, trails, and a water system.
The increased traffic led to a town developing at the junction of the Redwood Highway and Highway 46. Originally known as Caves City, it was established in 1926 on land donated by Elwood Hussey. In 1935, its post office was named as Cave Junction (since it wasn’t an incorporated city, this new name was agreeable). The locality became incorporated as Cave Junction in 1948, and it is the only incorporated area in the Illinois Valley. Not surprisingly, the city’s motto is the “Gateway to the Oregon Caves.”
Over time, the chalet, cottages, dormitory, and six-story Chateau were built, rebuilt, and renovated. In 2014, Congress expanded the monument nearly 10-fold, from 480 acres to approximately 4,550. An extensive modification of the Chateau began in late 2018, whereby this structure will not be ready to open until 2023. Until then, the Oregon Caves is still open to tours and overnight camping at campsites, but there is no food available, and check first. Cave Junction continues on as its “gateway” along with tourism, wineries, and the legalization of cannabis as economic supports. Its population is approximately 2000 hardy folks.
Sources: Dennis Powers, Where Past Meets present–Ashland, Oregon: Hellgate Press, 2017, pp. 140-142 (Oregon Caves); Wikipedia: Cave Junction, Oregon at History; National Park Service: Oregon Caves at Latest Park News. “Chateau rehab at the Oregon Caves hit a snag,” Mail Tribune, February 4, 2021, at Chateau Opening Delayed.