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Secrets & Mysteries of the Beekman Bank!

January 4 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm



Explore the “Secrets & Mysteries of the Beekman Bank” on Saturday, January 4, and Saturday, February 1, when Historic Jacksonville, Inc. again opens the oldest financial institution in the Pacific Northwest for evening lantern light tours.  Established in 1856 as a gold dust office, the current 1863 Beekman Bank building was constructed by Cornelius C. Beekman at 110 W. California Street in Jacksonville when he became the town’s Wells Fargo agent.  Over $40 million in gold crossed Beekman’s counters during Jacksonville’s heyday in the 1800s—equivalent to almost $1 billion in today’s currency!

The mint was in San Francisco, yet Beekman was never robbed. How did he safely ship his gold under the noses of the highwaymen?  Fires destroyed all the wooden buildings surrounding the Bank. Why is the building still intact?  Beekman ordered large quantities of opium. Was he a drug dealer?  Beekman was supposedly happily married. Why was there a ring in his safe inscribed “Lois to Beek”?  What was Beekman’s “office” really used for?

Regional historian Ben Truwe pursues these and other secrets and mysteries in 50-minute lantern light tours beginning at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. each tour night.  Truwe has used his opportunities as a Bank docent and skills as a researcher to explore the building and original documents, making discoveries of secrets lost with the last Beekman
Reservations can be made by calling Historic Jacksonville, Inc. at 541-245-3650 or e-mailing


January 4
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


C.C. Beekman House Museum
470 E. California St.
Jacksonville, OR 97530 United States
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