Introduction to Jacksonville, Oregon
The drive to this historic town, located about 10 miles from downtown Ashland, passes through some of Oregon's beautiful back country 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 town's vintage buildings.
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