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.

 

THERE ARE LOTS OF WAYS TO EXPLORE JACKSONVILLE!

 

Join us for a Walk through History at 10 a.m. every  Saturday through September 4.  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.  Learn 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 the town and preserved it.

 

Or take one (or both) of our Jacksonville Haunted History walking tours and be introduced to some of the town’s historic buildings along with the restless ghosts and spirits who still occupy them. 

On the 2nd Friday evening of each month costumed guides share true tales of woe, sorrow, and regret!

 

 

And every weekend in August, you can “Step Behind the Counter” of the Beekman Bank Museum, the oldest financial institution in the Pacific Northwest.  Over $40 million in gold crossed its counters during Jacksonville’s heyday – the equivalent of over $1 billion today!  

You can always take a snapshot view of Jacksonville through our daily Facebook and Instagram posts!  Or dig deeper into local history with our Walk through History Blog, our visits with Mrs. Julia Beekman, and our “Beekman Bank Nuggets.”  Learn about some of Jacksonville’s former upstanding (and not so upstanding) residents at Pioneer Profiles.

 

You can also learn about  holiday celebrations in our Holiday History  blog.  Many holiday customs date from the 19th Century when individuals came here from all over the world, bringing their traditions with them.  Jacksonville adopted and adapted many of these practices and they still play major roles in our holiday observances.

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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