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.


 

Time travel to the 1800s when Jacksonville was the

hub of Southern Oregon when you

Walk through Jacksonville’s History!

 

Stretch your legs in the comfort of morning temperatures while hearing the stories of the people who transformed a gold rush town into the 19th century center of regional government, commerce, and society when you join Historic Jacksonville, Inc. on one of our weekly Saturday 1-hour guided “Walk through History” tours.

Tours leave from Jacksonville’s New City Hall and cover about 1 mile with multiple stops.  Guests hear how gambling money built a church; how the Civil War ended a successful mercantile partnership; how a saloon housed the county’s first museum; how fire reshaped the town; and how a railroad both destroyed and preserved the town. 

Every Saturday through August 31 – 10am
New City Hall, 206 North 5th Street, Jacksonville
FREE!  (Donations welcomed!)

Click here for more information!


And if you missed out on our
Secrets & Mysteries tour,
you can still 

Step Behind the Counter

of the 1863 Beekman Bank!

Did you know that Jacksonville’s Beekman Bank began as a gold dust office making it the oldest financial institution in the Pacific Northwest?  Or that it saw the equivalent of $1 billion today in gold crossing its counters?

Step behind the counter of this unique institution and interact with costumed docents sharing stories of late 19th Century banking practices, gold shipping, and handshake deals; peer in drawers containing old checks, stage schedules, and paperwork; enter the vault that stored all those millions in gold!  

It’s FREE! And it’s AIR CONDITIONED!

Saturdays & Sundays through September 1, 11am to 3pm
Beekman Bank Museum, 110 W. California Street
FREE!  (Donations encouraged!)

Information at https://historicjacksonville.org/behind-the-counter-tours/


 Then envision

19th Century Family Life!

Catch a glimpse of a Jacksonville upper-class Victorian family’s lifestyle when Historic Jacksonville, Inc. opens the C.C. Beekman House Museum for 30-minute tours.  The Beekmans were Jacksonville’s richest and most prominent pioneer family.  “Family Life” tours highlight their upper-class late 1800s daily lifestyle, changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution, and Victorian architectural and design innovations, providing insights into life in Jacksonville during the town’s heyday. 

1st & 3rd Saturdays, through August 17th – 11am to 2pm
C.C. Beekman House Museum, 470 E. California Street,
Jacksonville, Oregon
Tours begin every 20 to 30 minutes. 
Admission, $5 (cash or check at the door).

And it’s AIR CONDITIONED!

More information at https://historicjacksonville.org/19th-century-family-life


And did you know that ghosts still linger in Jacksonville’s historic buildings?  Learn about these spirits on one of our

Jacksonville Haunted History Tours!

 

The ghoulies, and ghosties, and long-legged beasties are back — not to mention brothels and epidemics and hangings and arson and saloons and haunted houses!  Learn about ghosts that still linger in Jacksonville’s historic district along with a little history about the buildings, their occupants, and life in a gold rush town.  Historic Jacksonville Inc.’s guided Haunted History walking tours will again be offered on the 2nd Friday of each month through September 13, with special October tours on the 11th and 12th

Tours leave from the Jacksonville Visitors Center at the corner of North Oregon and C streets and last about 1 hour.  Guests can choose form 2 different tours each night.  The Courthouse route features brothels, epidemics, and hangings.  The Britt Hill tours highlight murder, arson, saloons, and Oregon’s oldest Chinatown.  And both tours have lots of haunted houses.  Tours are $10 per person and reservations are required.  Tickets are available at www.historicjacksonville.org/haunted-history-tours/


 

And have you
heard about

Jacksonville’s

New Museum?

Ariel and Caliban, two of our Walkabout Wednesday tour guides, are visiting Jacksonville’s Old City Hall.  This 1881 building will become the home base for a “Museum without Walls” that incorporates the town’s entire National Historic Landmark District (the first one on the West Coast)!

  Click here to check out Ariel and Caliban’s exploits, as well as those of other members of our Walkabout Wednesday Club, as they provide a preview of
some of our museum “sites.” 

Stay tuned for more museum information!


And there are always lots of virtual ways to

Explore Historic Jacksonville!

Want an overview?  Watch our 30 minute video.
Want a quick sample?  Check out our daily Facebook and Instagram  posts. 
Want to dig deeper?  Visit one of the 50 sites on our Walk through History blog.

Enjoy a visit to the historic C.C. Beekman House when
Mrs. Julia Beekman “Invites You to Call”
for a tour of her 1873 home.  

Or visit many of Jacksonville’s original residences through our 45 minute
“Step Back in Time” Historic Home video 

Tour Jacksonville’s pioneer cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in the Pacific Northwest that has remained in continuous use through our new 45 minute
Pioneer Cemetery tour. 

View Jacksonville through the eyes of local pets as they sniff out the
history and stories of local sites each week in our
Walkabout Wednesday series.

Join us for our on-going “Thirsty Thursday” saloon series featuring early Jacksonville stories of beer, wine, whiskey, saloons, and “entrepreneurs”!

So many ways to see the places and learn about the people who transformed a gold rush town into the 19th Century commercial, governmental, and social hub of Southern Oregon!  Enjoy the treasure trove of Jacksonville History on this website plus daily history trivia on our Facebook  and  Instagram pages.  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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