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Beekman Bank Opens for Tours

Beekman Tour EndsJACKSONVILLE, Ore. — For the first time in years, visitors got a rare opportunity to look behind the counter at the second oldest bank in the Pacific Northwest on Saturday.

The tours of the Beekman Bank were part of Jacksonville’s “History Saturday.” More than $40 million in gold crossed the bank’s counters in the second half of the 19th century, according to officials at the Bank. When Cornelius Beekman died in 1915, his will specified that the bank would become a museum.

“Number one you’re walking into a time capsule,” explained Larry Smith, the town Historian. “You’re walking into a Bank that gives you an idea what things were like and what life was like in the 1860s and 1870s; a Bank that has not been touched since 1914.”

There were also tours of the Beekman House in Jacksonville on Saturday. The Beekman family lived in the house during the late 18-hundreds. It then became a museum in 1961.