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.  

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

Obviously we’re kicking it off with New Year celebrations, so along with Historic Jacksonville, Inc. wishing you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2021, join us as we learn about “First Foot,” “Hogmanay,” and Victorian “speed dating.”

The Beekman Bank will reopen after the first of the year, and Mrs. Julia Beekman will again be receiving callers on Mondays and Thursdays on Facebook, Instagram, and here on our website.  She finds comfort during this time of social distancing in sharing her home and memories of Oregon pioneer life with friends and guests with virtual tours of the 1873 Beekman House.

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 each History Trivia Tuesday and Walkabout Wednesday (with our favorite Great Dane, Storm Large).  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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