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Jacksonville, Texas

Jacksonville was a post office community before 1849, but it moved three miles to its present site when the International-Great Northern Railroad was built in 1872. During the 1930s and '40s Jacksonville was known as the "tomato capital" when more tomatoes were shipped from here than any other city. Each June the city celebrates Tomato Fest honoring the once important crop.

More than 80 diversified manufacturing firms are located in Jacksonville, many associated with plastic, wood, and air conditioning coils and condensers. It is the home of Baptist Missionary Assocociation Theological Seminary, Jacksonville College, and Lon Morris College. A basket factory-direct store is popular with shoppers.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Killough Monument

Native stone monument commemorates victims of East Texas' worst Indian depredation, erected on spot where massacre took place on Oct. 5, 1838. (not shown on most maps)

Jacksonville, TX Monuments


Love's Lookout Park

View is breathtaking; picnicking. Observation area has 35

Jacksonville, TX Scenic Views

Scenic Drives

Beautiful hill, forest and lake scenery both north and south on U.S. 69; also along F.M. 747 and F.M. 2138 (neither shown on most maps)

Jacksonville, TX Scenic Drives


Things to do near Jacksonville, TX

Shallow Creek Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Big Thicket Information Station

Details about the Big Thicket National Preserve, interpretive panels, information on trails and boating. Hiking trails of var...

Angelina National Forest

Town is within the forest boundary. Camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, four-wheeling, canoeing, backpacking, swimming and pic...

Livingston Municipal Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Polk County Museum

Historical items including Early American glassware, Indian artifacts, tools and relics of early settlers, early logging and ...