National Register of Historic Places in Jackson County

National Register #78002294: John B. White House in Rock Point 13 July 2007
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National Register #78002294
John B. White House
86 North River Road
Rock Point
Built 1859

The White House, located on the old pack train and stage route through the Rogue River Valley, was built in 1859 for John B. White who was the townsite proprietor, storekeeper and postmaster. It is the oldest dwelling remaining in the settlement established during local gold excitement in the mid-1850s.

Construction is attributed to a carpenter-builder named W. O'Harra, who is also linked with the Rock Point Tavern and the William Bybee House in the vicinity of Jacksonville.

Rock Point, situated on the Rogue River between the later communities of Rogue River and Gold Hill, began as a way-station for packers and miners. Later it was a waypoint for travelers on the main stage route between Jacksonville and the Willamette Valley. After 1883, it was a stop on the Southern Pacific Railroad.

At the height of its historic period, in the 1880s, Rock Point boasted a store, hotel, livery stable, blacksmith shop, saloon, post office, schoolhouse, and telegraph office.

Adapted from the NRHP nomination submitted in 1978.

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