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Noted as a historical showcase, the Gold Rush town of Jacksonville
has been designated as a National Historic Landmark Community.
Located in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains, this old west
town has over 90 original brick and wooden buildings that date
back to the 1850s. Using the 100 year old photographs of pioneer
Peter Britt, many have been restored to their original state.
Strolling by the historic buildings on Oregon and California Streets
will take you back to the frontier days of this mining town.
Peter Britt, a Swiss native, lived in Jacksonville. He was an
accomplished photographer and horticulturist, who took the first
photos of Crater Lake. These photographs later aided in the decision
to designate it as a National Park. His photographic work can
be seen at the Jackson County Museum. His elaborate and extensive
gardens, (the Peter Britt Gardens at First and Pine Street), were
the site of the original Peter Britt Music Festival. Now held
at the Britt Pavilion just south of the Gardens, the festival
has internationally renowned performers, and features jazz, popular,
classical, bluegrass and country music, as well as dance, musical
theater, Broadway musicals and more. It is a series of approximately
40 concerts, scheduled from the last week of June through the
first week of September.
A visit to the Beekman House, circa 1876, brings history alive
as actors dressed in costumes of the period portray the Beekman
family in a living history exhibit. The Beekman Bank, established
in 1863, is also open to visitors and had many of the original
furnishings, including a collection of Wells Fargo memorabilia.