Jacksonville, Texas was established in 1848 and moved to its current location in 1872. Located in the heart of East Texas with a population of 14,434 in 2009, it's the largest town in Cherokee County.

On this site you'll find old stories and history about the town and its people, as well as photos and other memorabilia. If you have any items that you think others would like to see here, please contact me.

Jacksonville in 1880

Just seven years after the town was moved in order to be closer to the newly built railroad, the town had a population of 347, with more in the surrounding area. There was no bank, only one church, no public school and cotton was the main crop.

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The Lookout

In 1936, on the previous site of a peach orchard, C. J. Barbier opened The Lookout. It featured the first cement pool in East Texas as well as a dance hall. At one point, it even featured a small "amusement park." The Lookout closed in 1982, though the pool closed six years earlier.

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