“Behind the Counter” Bank Tours

Beekman Bank - Susan Rayls (docent) Michael & Tammy Jamieson (bank visitors


Experience how Cornelius Beekman, Jacksonville’s most prominent pioneer, conducted banking in the late 1800s when Historic Jacksonville opens the Beekman Bankthe oldest bank in the Pacific Northwest, for special “Behind the Counter” tours.

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, costumed docents will share stories of late 19th Century banking practices, gold shipping, and handshake deals every Friday through Monday between 11am and 4pm.  Over $40 million in gold crossed the bank’s counters during Jacksonville’s heyday in the second half of the 19th Century (worth over $1 billion today).

The bank is located at the corner of California and North 3rd streets in Jacksonville.  The current Bank building, constructed in 1863, has been preserved intact as a museum since Cornelius Beekman closed the doors in 1915.

Over 4,000 people visit the Beekman Bank each year.  Grants from the Jacksonville Lodging Tax Committee and your generosity make it possible for Historic Jacksonville to open this Jacksonville museum during the summer months and Victorian Christmas weekends.  A suggested bank “deposit” of $3 will help us maintain this program and expand “banking hours” in the future.

Private group tours are also available.  For additional information, contact Historic Jacksonville at 541-245-3650 or e-mail info@historicjacksonville.org.


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