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.  

During the current pandemic, all events have been canceled until further notice, but we invite you to join us on three virtual tours here on our website as well as on our Facebook (historicjvile) and Instagram (historicjacksonville) pages.   Take this opportunity to step back in time to 19th Century Jacksonville!


Our virtual Walk through History tour visits a new location every weekend as we trace Jacksonville history through its businesses, fraternal orders, churches, and public buildings from the discovery of gold to the coming of the railroad.  Join us as we stop by government and commercial buildings, fraternal lodges, and homes that capture the stories of Jacksonville’s National Historic Landmark District and the people who transformed a gold rush town into Southern Oregon’s 19th Century social, governmental, and commercial hub. 


Take a personal tour of Jacksonville’s 1873 Beekman House Museum with Mrs. Julia Beekman herself when she invites you to call on Mondays and Thursdays.  Mrs. Beekman is a bit “house proud” so expect details of her home and its furnishings, not to mention family stories from the late 1800s and a few juicy pieces of Jacksonville gossip.  Then be sure to visit Cornelius Beekman’s Bank!



C.C. Beekman’s Bank is the oldest financial institution in the Pacific Northwest and the oldest bank building still existing north of California.  Originally established as a gold dust office in 1856, the current 1863 building has been preserved as a museum since Beekman’s death in 1915.  Each Thursday Historic Jacksonville is sharing Beekman Bank Nuggets – stories about the museum artifacts and tales of 19th Century banking practices .  You’ll find them on Facebook and Instagram and of course, here on our website, so join us as we “step behind the bank counter” each week.

We also continue our tribute to the local history lost in the Almeda Fire that destroyed so much of our neighboring towns, Talent and Phoenix.  Visit our “No Longer on the Map” page for a list of many of the businesses and sites that are now gone – although we hope the loss is only temporary.

And 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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