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.  Together they created the many communities we know today as the Rogue Valley.  

Historic Jacksonville, Inc. has periodically posted “no longer on the map” segments about well-known or prominent Jacksonville locations that no longer exist.  Recent fires have significantly added to the “no longer on the map” list, as Talent and Phoenix, our neighbors and friends, have lost homes, businesses, and community focal points.  These landmarks have been part of our local and regional history. 

 

We anticipate that Phoenix, like its namesake, will rise from the ashes and Talent will find its starring role.  We are already hearing of plans to rebuild, reopen, reestablish these communities.

In the meantime, we join in mourning their losses and acknowledging the devastation these individuals and communities are experiencing.  Historic Jacksonville will continuing adding to this (temporarily) “no longer on the map” list as people report locations not currently listed.  You can also visit jacksoncounty.org/damagedashboard for specific addresses and street-view photographs identifying sites destroyed as well as those with major damage, minor damage, cosmetic damage, and those unaffected.

A huge THANK YOU to all the first responders, emergency service personnel, and volunteers who have worked and are working so hard to control the extent of the damage and service the needs of the individuals and businesses who have seen their lives turned upside down.

We recognize that recovery may take years, but we also salute the community spirit that has so many organizations and individuals  stepping forward to help.  This outpouring of support reminds us that, in spite of our differences, we are “one”; that part of community is “unity”!


And it is with great regret that we have canceled all events for the remainder of this year. 

However, we’re providing on-line learning opportunities in the form of three virtual tours right here on our website as well as on our Facebook (historicjvile) and Instagram (historicjacksonville) pages.

“Walk through History” offers weekly stops at sites in Jacksonville’s National Historic Landmark District; “Beekman Bank Nuggets,” shares artifacts and stories from the 1863 Beekman Bank Museum; and “Mrs. Beekman Invites You to Call…,” provides an opportunity to tour the 1873 Beekman House Museum, home to Jacksonville’s wealthiest and most prominent pioneer family, with Mrs. Julia Beekman as your tour guide. 

You can also enjoy weekly Jacksonville History Trivia on this website and daily history trivia on our Facebook and Instagram pages so don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and “like” Historic Jacksonville, Inc. on Facebook for daily 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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