Following the discovery of gold in 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.

Historic Jacksonville, Incbrings the history of Jacksonville and Southern Oregon to life through tours, events, and activities that share the stories of the pioneers who settled the region.  Join us for a full summer of events – something for everybody!   

Beekman House “19th Century Family Life” tours provide insights into upper class Jacksonville lifestyle in the late 1800s every Saturday through August 31.  These 30-minute tours highlight day-to-day activities of the town’s wealthiest and most prominent family, the impact of the Industrial Revolution, and Victorian architectural and design innovations.

 

Beekman Bank “Behind the Counter” tours provide a look at 19th Century banking practices every Friday through Monday in the oldest financial institution in the Pacific Northwest.  Preserved as a museum since 1915, the Bank saw over $40 million in gold cross its counters during Jacksonville’s heyday – equal to over $1 billion today.  “Banking hours” are 11am to 4pm through Labor Day.

Our new 1-hour weekly  “Walk through History” tours visit 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.  They continue at 10am every Saturday through August 31st – and they’re free!

If your prefer an eerier approach to history, join us for Jacksonville Haunted History” walking tours on the 1st Friday of each month through September when costumed docents share tales of brothels, epidemics, hangings, arson, saloons, and Chinatown, and the stories of the ghosts and spirits who still inhabit Jacksonville’s National Historic Landmark District.  Special October tours as well!

And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and “like” Historic Jacksonville, Inc. (historicjville) on Facebook for weekly snippets of local history each History Trivia Tuesday and Walkabout Wednesday (with our favorite Great Dane, Storm Large).  Who knows what odd facts may show up on a “Miscellaneous Monday” or what strange gadgets and inventions appear on “Thingamabob Thursday.”  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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