The Mt. Ashland ski area is owned by a public non-profit entity, the Mt. Ashland Association. It is one of the few community-owned ski operations in the nation.For more years than we can recount, the first and last word for the PCT hiker in Ashland was Callahan's . This landmark restaurant-bar-rooming house hard by Interstate 5's Siskiyou Summit exit (7100 Old Hwy. 99, 800 286-0507, 541 482-1299) burned down in September of 2006. Owners Donna and Ron Bergquist vowed to come back with a bigger and better Callahan's. The new hostelry, opened in August of 2008, has 23 upscale suites. The tiny lodging rooms under the bar are gone. Overall, the square footage has more than doubled -- from 11,000 square feet to 27,000.
A century ago, Ashland's claim to fame was five gigantic public swimming pools fed by mineral springs. Today all that remains of that era is the decaying hangar-like structure of the Helman Baths, which looms over Helman School in the north part of town.