Talent History

Talent is located in Oregon's beautiful Rogue River Valley, just off Interstate 5. We are located seven miles south of Medford and four miles north of Ashland, in Jackson County. The story of Talent begins in 1852 with the arrival of the first recorded settler, Jacob Wagner. Jacob completed his homestead in 1853 and named his settlement "Wagner." In 1854, the military came from Yreka and set up a fort on Jacob's property.

The fort was named "Fort Wagner," and was intended to protect the travelers and early settlers from the Indians who had lived in the Bear Creek Valley for many years. There was never any trouble from the Indians, so Fort Wagner became a center for social activities and religious services.

There is controversy as to the first name of our town. Some say it was "Wagner Creek Fort." Others say "Wagner Creek." Regardless, in 1889, A.P. Talent platted a townsite and named it "Talent." On November 2, 1910, Talent became an incorporated town. On November 2, 2010 it celebrated its Centennial!


Paschal Winery 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent, OR 97540, phone: 541-535-7957

City of Talent 204 East Main Street, Talent, OR 97540, phone (541) 535-1566

Jackson County Library, Talent Branch 105 North "I" Street, Talent, Oregon 97540, phone: 541-535-4163

Talent Elementary School 307 W. Wagner St., Talent, Oregon 97540, phone: (541) 535-1531


Ignition Gallery 324 Talent Ave., Talent, OR 97540, phone: 541-535-7209


Actor's Theatre  Actors' Theatre was established in 1982 as a non-profit performance group. Actors' Theatre is dedicated to embracing a community of all ages and cultures with affordable professional theatre from a repertory of classic and contemporary plays and emerging new works. Our focus is to enlighten audiences through challenging and creative interpretations inspired by the diversity of our American culture.

Schools (Phoenix/Talent District)

Talent Elementary: (541) 535-1531
Talent Middle School: (541) 535-1552
Phoenix High School: (541) 535-1526


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