Jacksonville in Jackson County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Jacksonville, Oregon 1865
In the 1860s the view from this spot on Main street would have looked much different than it does today. During the the Gold Rush boom of the 1850s, Jacksonville's early merchants and shopkeepers located their businesses along this section of Main Street. After the town's commercial center was relocated to present-day California Street, this area became home to the hundreds of Chinese merchants and workers who had been brought in by Chinese labor bosses to work Jacksonville's gold mines, build roads, dig water ditches, and to construct the Oregon and California Railroad. After the gold mines played out and the construction projects were completed, the Chinese moved out and abandoned the old china Quarter. the crumbling buildings were eventually torn down, except for Jacksonville's 1880 City Hall--Oregon's oldest town hall.
Former Site of Jacksonville's China Quarter
In a two block area along Main Street near Oregon Street once stood wooden buildings occupied by Jacksonville's Chinese residents. Arriving in the 1850's to search for gold, these people worked hard and endured much. By 1890, as mining slowed and hostility toward them grew, the Chinese left Jacksonville. Soon, all traces of the "China Quarter" disappeared.
Location. 42° 18.86′ N, 122° 58.15′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Oregon, in Jackson County. Marker is on West Main 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. City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Three Trees Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); History of Local Telephone Service (within shouting distance of this marker); Rogue River Valley Railroad Depot (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beekman Bank Well (about 400 feet away); The Britt House: Simple Frame to Cottage Gothic (about 400 feet away); Jacksonville’s Rogue River Valley Railway 1891-1925 (about 400 feet away); History Right Here - Horse Powers (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
Categories. • Asian Americans • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 18, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 18, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.