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.


Learn about some of the spirits that still linger in Jacksonville’s historic buildings on our Haunted History walking tours.

These tours are not your typical ‘ghost tours’ with special effects.   They are history tours about real hauntings resulting from past events.  The stories—some scary, some benign—come from multiple sources, from people who have experienced these lingering spirits.  They are our attempt to recognize and honor these restless souls.


Then it’s time to visit the 19th Century when the Industrial Revolution’s  inventions and innovations changed  the world and everyone’s lifestyle.  From 12n to 3pm on the 3rd Saturday of each month through August, we continue our monthly series on Victorian lifestyle.   Tours of Jacksonville’s historic Beekman House Museum look at different aspects of life in the late 1800s as viewed through the lens of Jacksonville and the Beekman family, the town’s wealthiest and most prominent pioneer settlers.  July and August tours highlight 19th Century Family Life.  In September and October there will be special Saturday and Sunday tours featuring Victorian Fashions, and Victorian Mourning Customs – “Honoring the Dearly Departed.”


You can “Step Behind the Counter”  of the oldest financial institution in the Pacific Northwest at the 1863 Beekman Bank Museum from 11am to 3pm for weekend tours beginning Saturday, May 28.  Established as a “gold dust” office in 1856, the “Bank” saw over $40 million cross its counters in Jacksonville’s heyday – worth over $1 billion today.  




At 10am every Saturday through Labor Day weekend you can “Walk through History” during a 1 hour walking tour of Jacksonville’s National Historic Landmark District.  Visit the sites and hear the stories of the people who transformed a gold rush town into Southern Oregon’s 19th Century governmental, social, and commercial hub. 



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.

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.  

Or visit many of Jacksonville’s original residences through our 45 minute
“Step Back in Time” historic home video 

Tour Jacksonville’s pioneer cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in the Pacific Northwest that has remained in continuous use through our new 45 minute
Pioneer Cemetery tour. 

Join us for our 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! 


You can also 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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