Jacksonville in Jackson County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Gold First Found Here 1851
Gold found here
in 1851 by
John R. Poole
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Resources. A significant historical year for this entry is 1851.
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville OR 97530, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bozo the Clown (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Britt House: Simple Frame to Cottage Gothic (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peter Britt: A Passion for His Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); China Quarter (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peter Britt: Man of Culture and Commerce (approx. 0.2 miles away); World War II Three Trees Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Britt Sequoia (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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
When the gold deposits were worked out, and the railway bypassed Jacksonville in 1884, the city's economy slowed.
Also see . . .
1. The Centennial History of Oregon Vol. 1, by Joseph Gaston. Internet Archive website entry: 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,025 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. 3. submitted on October 18, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.