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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

Historic Upshur Museum

General history museum in 1925-vintage Gilmer Post Office building on courthouse square. Chronological exhibits including Cad...

Martin Creek Lake State Park

On Martin Creek Lake with camping, rest rooms, showers and boat-launching ramp. Activities include fishing, swimming, boating...

Turning Basin River Boat Tour

45-minute narrated tour of Big Cypress Bayou, featuring riverport history of Jefferson. Just below old trestle across Polk St...

Marshall Depot and Museum

Located in the heart of the Ginocchio National Historic District, the prominent Texas and Pacific Depot houses both a train d...

Charnwood Residential Historical District

Dating back to the 1860s, includes Tudor Revival, Classical Revival, Colonial, Craftsman, Queen Anne and Ranch-style homes. L...