Jacksonville in Jackson County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Gold First Found Here 1851
in 1851 by
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. 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. 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); City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); China Quarter (approx. 0.2 miles away); Britt Sequoia (approx. 0.2 miles away); History of Local Telephone Service (approx. ¼ mile away); Rogue River Valley Railroad Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); History Right Here - Going for the Gold (approx. ¼ mile 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
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 . . .
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.)
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