Smith Brothers 1851

James Cluggage and James Poole, two mule packers, discover gold on Rich Gulch, 85 miles west of Crater Lake. Within six months, nearly 3,000 expectant miners have poured into the newly formed town of Jacksonville. Eventually $40,000,000 worth of gold is mined from the foothills of the Siskiyous before the mines play out in the 1880’s. Jacksonville soon establishes itself as a commercial and cultural center for the entire Southern Oregon region.

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