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

Undermining the Great Depression

 
 
Undermining the Great Depression Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, August 30, 2018
1. Undermining the Great Depression Marker
Inscription. Gold was first discovered on this portion of Jackson Creek in 1851. Mining continued at this site surrounding the Jacksonville Library for many years. During the 1930s, the decade of the Great Depression, Southern Oregon was a resurgence of its gold mining past. With dreams no doubt of riches, but with the hope of at least earning “beans ’n bacon” money, grizzled veteran prospectors and novices alike alike, burrowed a labyrinth of tunnels beneath the town. They honeycombed the area with shafts, and tunnels.

They fanned them out at bedrock level in search of gold-bearing earth. Old mining maps show at least 17 tunnel mines were once active in the immediate area surrounding the presents day library. Although mining within town limits was against the law, it was generally overlooked because of the severe economic problems of the period. Jacksonville’s depression miners eventually removed an estimated one million dollars’ worth of gold.
 
Erected by National Park Service / Southern Oregon Historical Society / JV Woodlands Association.
 
Location. 42° 18.899′ N, 122° 58.18′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Oregon, in Jackson County. Marker is on East California Street (Oregon Route 238) west of North
Undermining the Great Depression Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, August 30, 2018
2. Undermining the Great Depression Marker
Oregon Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 340 West C Street, Jacksonville OR 97530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History Right Here - Furniture Fabrication (a few steps from this marker); World War II Three Trees Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacksonville’s Rogue River Valley Railway 1891-1925 (within shouting distance of this marker); History Right Here - Going for the Gold (within shouting distance of this marker); China Quarter (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); History of Local Telephone Service (about 300 feet away); Peter Britt: Man of Culture and Commerce (about 300 feet away); Rogue River Valley Railroad Depot (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located directly next to the Jacksonville Library.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNatural Resources
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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