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.




Our summer Walk through History tours may be over but you can still enjoy a virtual visit to Jacksonville from the comfort of your home.  So we’re inviting you to take a Jacksonville Stay-cation!


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.



While our Victorian Christmas tours may have ended, you can still enjoy a a visit to the historic C.C. Beekman House when Mrs. Julia Beekman “Invites You to Call” for a tour of her 1873 home.  Admittedly, Julia is a bit “house proud” so she points out special features and items in each room as well as sharing family stories.  





Although we were able to open the 1863 Beekman Bank Museum for only one weekend in 2021, you can still learn about 19th Century banking practices and handshake deals. 

Beekman Bank Nuggets let’s you explore the oldest financial institution between San Francisco and Portland.  During the gold rush era of the late 1800s, it saw over $40 million in gold cross its counter — worth over $1 billion today! 


And did you know that at one time Jacksonville supposedly had 36 saloons?  


Join us for our new 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! 



In the meantime, you can learn more about various holidays by visiting our Holiday History page for a look at the origins of the many holidays we now celebrate along with how they were celebrated in Jacksonville!  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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