Undermining the Great Depression

Undermining the Great Depression (HM2B4S)

Location: Jacksonville, OR 97530 Jackson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 18.899', W 122° 58.18'

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Gold was first discovered on this portion of Jackson Creek in 1851. Mining continued at this site surrounding the Jacksonville Library for many years. During the 1930s, the decade of the Great Depression, Southern Oregon was a resurgence of its gold mining past. With dreams no doubt of riches, but with the hope of at least earning "beans 'n bacon" money, grizzled veteran prospectors and novices alike alike, burrowed a labyrinth of tunnels beneath the town. They honeycombed the area with shafts, and tunnels.

They fanned them out at bedrock level in search of gold-bearing earth. Old mining maps show at least 17 tunnel mines were once active in the immediate area surrounding the presents day library. Although mining within town limits was against the law, it was generally overlooked because of the severe economic problems of the period. Jacksonville's depression miners eventually removed an estimated one million dollars' worth of gold.
HM NumberHM2B4S
Placed ByNational Park Service / Southern Oregon Historical Society / JV Woodlands Association
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Date Added Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 at 11:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 502499 N 4684749
Decimal Degrees42.31498333, -122.96966667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 18.899', W 122° 58.18'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 18' 53.94" N, 122° 58' 10.8" W
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Area Code(s)541
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 340 W C St, Jacksonville OR 97530, US
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