Town was a post office community before 1849, but moved three
miles to present site when International-Great Northern Railroad
was built in 1872. During the 1930s and '40s the city was known
as the "tomato capital" when more tomatoes were shipped
from here than any other city. Each September the city celebrates
Tomato Fest honoring the once important crop.
More than 60 diversified manufacturing firms are located here,
many associated with plastic, wood, and air conditioning coils
Home of Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary, Jacksonville
College, and Lon Morris College.
Five factory direct stores are popular with shoppers.
HERRING'S WILDLIFE PARK
LOVE'S LOOKOUT PARK
- HERRING'S WILDLIFE PARK - Park
features exotic deer, aoudad sheep, zebras and many other animals
roaming freely on the range. Petting zoo. Drive through or guided
tours. 14 miles south of Jacksonville. Take Texas 204 to F.M.
2274, let to County Road 4905.
- KILLOUGH MONUMENT - Native stone
monument commemorates victims of East Texas's worst Indian depredation,
erected on spot where massacre rook place on October 5, 1838.
seven miles northwest of Jacksonville near community of Larissa;
U.S. 69 north to Mount Selman, F.M. 855 west to Larissa.
- LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN - No, it isn't
Vail, Lake Tahoe, or Sun Valley, but it's snow skiing in Texas.
An artificial ski slope offers skiing, sledding, and other activities.
There's also a waterslide and a tubing ride for the summer months.
Mountain bikers can ride 15 to 20 miles on trails year 'round.
Observation area has 35 mile view of East Texas hills. Camping
facilities available with hookups.
- LOVE'S LOOKOUT PARK - The view
is breathtaking; picnicking. Five miles north on U.S. 69.
- 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 around Lake Jacksonville.
- VANISHING TEXANA - Museum in
Jacksonville Public Library displays Cherokee County historical
items. U.S. 69 (South Jackson Street) at Nacogdoches Street.
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