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As the main commercial hub and county government seat, Jackson is nestled in a picturesque valley at the base of Butte Mountain, and in the heart of California’s Mother Lode region. What began as a mining town in 1848 during California’s Gold Rush has grown into an economically diverse community offering general business services, furniture and housewares, specialty shops and major grocery retailers, along with a variety of restaurants. Tourists as well as residents enjoy strolling its Historic Main Street, and exploring historic monuments and sites sprinkled throughout the town, like Jackson Gate and the Kennedy Mine Tailing Wheels.

With an altitude ranging from 1200 to 1600 feet, Jackson enjoys the best of all possible weather; it’s situated just above the fog line, yet low enough to enjoy only the occasional dusting of snow in the winter, and moderately hot and sunny summers

Did you know?

Jackson, the city that produced more than half the gold pulled from the Mother Lode, is home to the Kennedy Mine, which at the time of its closure in 1942 was the deepest gold mine in North America, at 1802 meters; (5912 ft). That’s over a mile deep!