The Jacksonville Heritage Society is committed to the preservation, restoration, improvement and management of historical properties as they relate to Jacksonville, Oregon. We also work to provide educational events and activities, which bring the heritage of the early pioneers to life.
JACKSONVILLE, Ore.– For the first time in more than a hundred years the brass bell on an 1891 Porter steam locomotive is ringing in Jacksonville. The little engine, called by some “the Teapot”, and others the “Peanut Roaster”, was the first engine on the Medford and Jacksonville Railroad… later known as the Rogue River Valley Railway. The line was built after the California and Oregon Railroad bypassed Jacksonville in a race to complete its line to the California border.

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he German migration brought stability to Jacksonville, establishing banks and mercantile. Early German language school books show at least some of the classes may have been conducted in German.
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