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Jacksonville in Jackson County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Rich Gulch

Gold First Found Here 1851

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, May 1995
1. Gold first found here Marker
Inscription. Gold found here
in 1851 by
James Cluggage
John R. Poole

 
Location. 42° 18.716′ N, 122° 58.284′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Oregon, in Jackson County. Marker is on Oregon Street near Oak Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville OR 97530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rogue River Valley Railroad Depot (approx. mile away); Catholic Rectory (approx. 0.3 miles away); Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cuthbert Building (approx. 5.2 miles away); City of Gold Hill (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Salmon Ceremony at Ti'lomikh Falls (approx. 9.8 miles away); a different marker also named The Salmon Ceremony at Ti'lomikh Falls (approx. 9.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Regarding Rich Gulch. The site of one of the richest gold strikes in the history of the West. Stretches between the
West Fir Street and South Oregon Street. Follows
old hydraulically mined gulches and glory holes.
When the gold deposits were worked out, and the railway bypassed Jacksonville in 1884, the city's economy slowed.
 
Also see . . .
Gold first found here 1851 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 1995
2. Gold first found here 1851 Marker

1. The Centennial History of Oregon Vol. I by Joseph Gaston. The Discovery of Gold in Oregon pack trains owned by James Cluggage and James R. Poole, camped for the night on the ground now covered by the town of Jacksonville; and after staking out their animals went in search of water up the little gulch south of the present town known as Rich gulch. From this discovery on Jackson Creek, the discoveries rapidly extended east and west until all the mountain regions of Jackson, Josephine and Curry Counties had been thoroughly explored, and many millions of dollars taken out. (Submitted on October 18, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. National Register of Historical Places. Rich Gulch Diggings (added 2000 - Site - #00000288) Also known as Rich Gulch Diggings Mining Ensemble (Submitted on October 18, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Natural Resources
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,826 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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