Jacksonville in Jackson County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
History Right Here - Horse Powers
Steam Driven Horsepower
Change came to Jackson County when the first steam powered locomotive arrived in 1884. Aside from the eventual end of the horse and buggy era, a major economic and political shift occurred.
Jacksonville, bypassed by the rail line, lost its status as the region's business hub. In an attempt to boost Jacksonville's economy a five mile railway was built in 1891 connecting it with the main line in Medford. The operations of this line -- the Rogue River Valley Railway -- were based on this site.
End of an Era
In 1916 the Jacksonville rail line was added to the Medford trolley went bankrupt. In the 1920s most of the line's tracks and buildings were dismantled. The depot, now the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, is the one remaining building.
Erected by Southern Oregon Historical Society.
Location. 42° 18.91′ N, 122° 58.085′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Oregon, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of West C Street Touch 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 walking distance of this marker. Rogue River Valley Railroad Depot (a few steps from this marker); History of Local Telephone Service (within shouting distance of this marker); Beekman Bank Well (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jacksonville’s Rogue River Valley Railway 1891-1925 (about 300 feet away); History Right Here - Furniture Fabrication (about 400 feet away); China Quarter (about 400 feet away); Undermining the Great Depression (about 400 feet away); World War II Three Trees Memorial (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
Regarding History Right Here - Horse Powers. WhatWasThere.com tells us more about the former railroad: In 1884, the Oregon and California Railroad completed its rail line south from Portland to the Oregon-California border. For the Rogue River valley portion, they selected a route along the valley floor, thus situating Jacksonville about ten miles from the nearest railroad station. Some prominent residents of the community, hoping to keep Jacksonville economically stable, formed a company to construct a railway to Medford, the new town created by
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 17, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.