Following the discovery of gold in the winter of 1851-2, Jacksonville, Oregon, became a melting pot of races, classes, and cultures as ambitious individuals pursued the promise of riches.  The offer of free land brought settlers seeking opportunity.  The influx of miners and settlers attracted merchants with goods to sell and opportunists of all kinds.  Historic Jacksonville, Inc. brings the history of Jacksonville and Southern Oregon to life through the stories of the people, places, and things that have contributed to who we are today.  

We may not be open for tours at this time, but you can still explore local history virtually through posts, blogs, and now our new Walk through History video! 


Take a 30 minute video tour of Jacksonville!
Take a snapshot view through our daily Facebook and Instagram posts!
Dig deeper with our Walk through History Blog, our visits with Mrs. Julia Beekman on her “calling days,”  and our “Beekman Bank Nuggets.”
Learn about the the people who transformed a gold rush town
into Southern Oregon’s 19th Century social, governmental,
and commercial hub at Pioneer Profiles.


Many of our holiday traditions also date from the 19th Century.  Individuals came here from all over the world, bringing their traditions with them.  Jacksonville adopted and adapted many of these traditions into how we celebrate various holidays, so we’re exploring these celebrations in our new Holiday History  blog.

We again will be offering our outdoor walking tours beginning in June!  Tour sizes will be limited and registration required, so watch this page for full information! 

In the meantime you can still enjoy a treasure trove of Jacksonville History Trivia on this website plus weekly history trivia on our Facebook and Instagram pages so don’t forget to “like” Historic Jacksonville, Inc. on Facebook  and “follow” us on Instagram for snippets of local history.  Find out how interesting and fun history can be!


Jacksonville-1883 Lithograph Jacksonville 1883 (lithograph)

When Oregon was admitted to the Union in 1859, Jacksonville was the largest inland trade center in the new state, and Jacksonville and its residents played a dominant role in early Oregon history and statehood. But when the railroad by-passed Jacksonville in the 1880s, the town slowly sank into oblivion. However, that oblivion also proved to be the town’s salvation, preserving the historic buildings, homes, and character that you see today—Jacksonville’s National Historic Landmark District. Today, these landmarks live again through the efforts of the City of Jacksonville, volunteers, and private owners so that you can again experience Jacksonville in its heyday.

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