The drive to this historic town, located about 10 miles from downtown Ashland, passes through some of Oregon's beautiful backcountry farmland. The first town in America named a National Historic Landmark, Jacksonville delightfully retains its 19th-century charm. Wood and brick buildings dating from the early 1850s line the main street that is now filled with art galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. A free map outlining a walking tour of the historical buildings is available in many of the shops, and you can also tour the town on a motorized trolley.
Once a booming gold town--the Gold Rush here began at nearby Daisy Creek in 1851--and prosperous agricultural center, its decline slowly began when the railroad bypassed it in 1883. Now visitors strike gold of sorts in galleries and boutiques that inhabit the vintage buildings.
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