Phoenix is a city in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. The population was 4,538 at the 2010 census. Phoenix is a part of the Medford Metropolitan Statistical Area, in the Rogue Valley, and is 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Medford on Interstate 5.
The Phoenix area was settled in about 1850 by brothers Hiram and Samuel Colver. Samuel Colver laid out the town in 1854. Early residents included Milton Lindley, who operated a sawmill that provided timbers in 1855 for a blockhouse as well as a flouring mill owned by Sylvester M. Wait. For a time, the settlement was known locally as Gasburg after a talkative employee in the kitchen serving the mill hands. Wait, who was an agent for the Phoenix Insurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut, assigned the official name, Phoenix, to the community and, in 1857, to its post office. Waitsburg, Washington, was later named after Wait.
On June 1 2020 during a George Floyd protest in Medford, Phoenix Mayor and Democrat Chris Luz drove his yellow maid-cleaning service close to protesters, then got into a heated confrontation with protesters and a legal observer. A protester brought it up in a Phoenix commissioners meeting on June 15, and city councilor Sarah Westover said "I can’t believe the actions that you took, nudging teenagers with your car, intimidating, and threatening them for expressing their opinions.