Although only one family was living here in 1846, the site was chosen as
seat of Cherokee County. Named after Thomas Jefferson Rusk, a signer of
Texas Declaration of Independence. Town famed as birthplace of James Stephen
Hogg and Thomas Mitchell Campbell who were first and second native born
Texans to serve as governor.
BONNER BANK BUILDING
FAIRCHILD STATE FOREST
FOOTBRIDGE GARDEN PARK
JIM HOGG STATE HISTORIC PARK
OLD RUSK PENITENTIARY BLDG
RUSK STATE PARK
TEXAS STATE RAILROAD
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BONNER BANK BUILDING - Cherokee County's first
bank, established 1884, in 1865 building. Euclid Street and U.S. 69.
FAIRCHILD STATE FOREST - 13 miles west on
FOOTBRIDGE GARDEN PARK - Wooded setting
for 546 foot footbridge, said to be the nation's longest, originally built
in 1861 for crossing valley during rainy season. Two blocks east of town
JIM HOGG STATE HISTORIC PARK - 175 acre scenic
forest area of lofty pines. Dedicated as ;memorial to Governor Hogg, attractions
include restored birthplace, picnic areas, museum and family cemetery.
Two miles northeast off U.S. 84.
OLD RUSK PENITENTIARY BLDG. - Central administration
building of present Rusk State Hospital built as main building of former
Rusk State Prison, 1878. Iron structures, including dome of State Capitol,
were fabricated here by prisoners. Avenue A and U.S. 69
RUSK STATE PARK - 100 acre park around the
Rusk terminal of Texas State Railroad. Group shelter, bathhouse, tennis
courts, picnic area, primitive and hookup camping. In scenic area of towering
pines 2 miles west on U.S. 84.
SCENIC DRIVE - Several routes near Rusk offer
excellent woodland scenery; U.S. 69 both north and south; also F.M. 347,
F.M. 747 (neither shown on most maps) that lead north from U.S. 84 west.
TEXAS STATE RAILROAD - Operated by Texas
Parks and Wildlife Department, antique steam engines power vintage coaches
25.5 miles to Palestine in the nation's longest, skinniest state park through
dense East Texas forest lands. Depot is in Rusk State Park.
This file was last modified Thursday, 12-Oct-95 01:45:29