2018: I’m updating the Oregon pages I did during my first visits here. Even though I’m planning a return visit, I’ll keep these Jacksonville memories up even if the picture quality isn’t as good as I can do today. Who knows if when I visit again there will be snow on the ground? Since these are all the pictures I have from 2005, I’m really looking forward to exploring more of Jacksonville next time no matter what the season!
2005 visit: Jacksonville was my neighboring town while I lived in the Ashland/Medford area and it was nice to live so close to a place so much fun to visit. I love historical sites, and this is one of only 8 cities in the U.S. where the entire town is designated as a National Historic Landmark. It began in 1851 as a gold rush town. It was bypassed by the railroad, and that’s probably what has preserved its step-back-in-time feeling. This is California Street as you’re coming into the main part of town heading toward the Siskiyou Mountains.
I would like to have seen this hotel during its hey-day in 1880 when horses would have been tied up to posts rather than modern cars to ruin the feel of visiting the past.
Your first stop should be the Visitors Center which is housed in the tiny Rogue River Valley Railway Depot of 1891. Pick up walking maps that will lead you through the streets pointing out the many interesting historic buildings and sights along the way. Also check out the hiking trails that hug the hillside above town with interpretive signs telling of the gold strikes found in the area.
These pictures were taken in late January, following one of Jacksonville’s heaviest snows. It made the whole town look quaint and picturesque. Even the new houses, like the following in a modern subdivision named Nunan Square, have a small town, Victorian feel.
The entrance looks like a mini town square where you might expect to see a brass band playing in the gazebo.
Even though the houses were pretty close together, I liked how well they blended in style and color.
If you like Victorian architecture, this is definitely the place for you!
Merry Victorian Christmas! It’s hard to see in this picture, but they were all decked out for the holidays and was absolutely delightful.
One of Jacksonville’s forefathers and Oregon’s first photographer, Peter Britt, arrived in 1852. His settling here contributed greatly to there being plenty of early photographs and paintings of the area. He was also the very first photographer to capture Crater Lake in 1874. The Britt Music Festival is named in his honor, a series of concerts with diverse music and well known artists held in the outdoor amphitheater hidden in the trees above town. I’m hoping I’ll get to see a performance or two in the summer because I’ve heard really good things about it.
Check out my favorite place around here: Jacksonville Historical Cemetery
More Jacksonville Info:
City of Jacksonville – The historic small town that never gets old.
History of Jacksonville – Gold fever, wagon trains, Indian uprisings, epidemics and the settlement of a new frontier are all part of Jacksonville’s heritage.
Jacksonville: Step Back in Time, Just 20 Minutes Away From Ashland – Named as “One of America’s Top 10 Coolest Small Towns” and listed as one of 18 “Best Places to Live,” Jacksonville combines the gentle ambiance of a historic small town with a vibrant cultural scene.
Jacksonville Inn – (Haunted Places.org) – This gold rush era inn was built in the nineteenth century, and was one of the first buildings in the town to be listed as a historic national landmark. The building is rumoured to be haunted by the apparition of a severe elderly woman in an old-fashioned dress, who has been seen wandering through the hallways and has even been known to appear in the bistro and scold diners with poor table etiquette.