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As It Was: Jacksonville, Ore., Celebrates Gold Rush Jubilee

In 1952, Jacksonville, Ore., celebrated a Gold Rush Jubilee to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of gold in the town.

The town distributed a pamphlet that provided a brief history of Jacksonville and the Rogue River Valley.

The two-day celebration, held on the second and third days of August, offered a parade that awarded a prize to the most authentic 100-year-old costume for a man, woman or child, treasure hunts for real gold buried at strategic locations, and a burro derby recognizing the importance of the pack animal to miners.  It also featured harness races and a contest involving the securing of a load on a burro with diamond-hitch lashing.  Other activities included archery and pistol contests, log bucking, an Old Fiddlers’ Contest, barbershop quartets, old songs played on a museum organ and evening dances.  An art exhibit celebrated the works of photographer/artist Peter Britt and other Southern Oregon artists.

The town invited everyone to enjoy Old West activities from 100 years ago.

The Jacksonville Miner newspaper declared, “Yes, Sir!  A Gold Rush Jubilee is a ‘natural’ in Jacksonville.”

Sources: Your Invitation to Historical Jacksonville and the Rogue River Valley. 1952, pp. 1-37; "Jacksonville, Oregon." Wikipedia, Wikipedia, 14 June 2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacksonville,_Oregon. Accessed 23 June 2017.

Luana (Loffer) Corbin graduated from Southern Oregon College, majoring in Elementary Education.  The summer after graduation she was hired to teach at Ruch Elementary, where she taught for 32 years. After retiring, Corbin worked for Lifetouch School Photography and then returned to Ruch as an aide helping with reading instruction and at the library.  More recently, she has volunteered at South Medford High.