Historic Jacksonville, Oregon
February, 2005


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Jacksonville is my neighboring town and it's nice to live so close to someplace that's so much fun to visit. I love historical sites, and this is one of only 8 cities in the U.S. where the entire town is designated as a National Historic Landmark. It began in 1851 as a gold rush town. It survived getting bypassed by the railroad, and that's probably what has preserved its step-back-in-time feeling as you stroll the historic streets.

Peter Britt, Oregon's first photographer, arrived in 1852 and his settling here contributed greatly to there being plenty of early photographs and paintings of the area. He was also the very first photographer to capture Crater Lake in 1874. The Britt Music Festival is named in his honor, a series of concerts held in the outdoor amphitheater hidden in the trees above town. I'm hoping I'll get to see a performance or two when it starts again this summer, as the music offered is pretty diverse and by well known artists.

I was happy to be invited to the grand opening of an exhibit of his works a few nights ago by the wonderful woman who wrote me following my Hawk's Message update. She's a descendant of John Audubon, is an avid environmentalist and very interesting to talk to. She's also a wannabe full time RVer and has her home on the market looking for an RV to live in, and it's fun to see someone following their dream, especially when it's one I can relate to so well.

 

So I've been happy exploring this little town. Above is a postcard I scanned because I never could get this shot good with my camera. This is as you're coming into the main part of town heading toward the Siskiyou Mountains.

Coming down the hill into the subdivision, I was a little worried about sliding because my southern belle genes don't allow me to drive in the snow.
The entrance welcomes you with a town square feel and except for the snow, I expected to see a band playing.
This is the house on the right corner of the street shown above.
Even though the houses were pretty close together, I liked how well they blended in style and color.
The first time I visited there was following a pretty good snow storm for this area during the first week in January. I came across a brand new subdivision in Jacksonville named Nunan Square. This convinced me how serious this town is about preserving its historical look. Even their new houses are of old-timey architecture. I was lucky enough to visit there during the snow when it looked particularly picturesque. It inspired me to make my pictures look like postcards, also.
Visit the historic 1800's Jacksonville Cemetery

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