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Jacksonville (Texas)

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Jacksonville is in the Piney Woods region of eastern Texas.

Understand[edit]

Jacksonville came to be in the 1870s with a desire to be by a new railroad line, after having moved from a nearby spot that was bypassed. For many decades, the Jacksonville area was a center of activity for tomato agriculture. While not as big a part of the way of life and economy of the area now, the red fruit still has a place in Jacksonville's history and heart. Visitors can see concrete painted tomatoes scattered around town as a reminder of this. The town comes together yearly for Tomato Fest, a celebration of the tomato and what it means to Jacksonville. The city is sometimes dubbed the "Tomato Capital of the World". Besides tomato agriculture, the city has its own industrial economy, mostly centered on timber, plastics, and plant farming. Although it is not the county seat (Rusk, 14 miles south of the city, is), Jacksonville is the largest city in Cherokee County.

Climate[edit]

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 57 63 70 77 83 90 94 94 88 79 68 60
Nightly lows (°F) 35 38 45 53 62 69 72 71 66 55 44 38
Precipitation (in) 3.9 3.7 3.7 3.7 5.0 4.3 2.6 2.3 4.1 4.6 4.5 3.8

Record all-time high: 110°F (1954)
Record all-time low: 5°F (1982)
Check Jacksonville's 7 day forecast at NOAA

Jacksonville has a low to moderate elevation (522 ft) and has mostly a topography of rolling hills. The air is usually moderately to quite humid, especially in late spring and into summer. While summertime average highs are in the mid-90s, it can get warmer, and with humidity, feel even warmer than that.

Get in[edit]

Greyhound Lines doesn't come directly to Jacksonville with bus service, but does have a station in Tyler, and a stop in Henderson.

By air[edit]

Get around[edit]

Jacksonville is located at the crossing of several major highways.

  • U.S. Highway 69 passes north-south through town, along Jackson Street. Use US-69 to come south from Tyler, and north from Lufkin and Rusk.
  • U.S. Highway 79 passes generally east-west through town, along Rusk Street, but the signs are marked "north" and "south". US-69 and US-79 cross adjacent to Jacksonville's downtown area. Use US-79 to come south (in a southwest direction) from Shreveport and Henderson, and north (in a northwest direction) from Round Rock (Austin area) and Palestine.
  • U.S. Highway 175 runs northwestward from the city, and is signed "east" and "west". Its first 3 blocks are on Alexander Blvd., then after crossing North Bolton Street (FM-347), it becomes Frankston Street the rest of the way out of the city. Use US-175 to come east (in a southeast direction) from Dallas and Athens.
  • Texas State Highway 135 runs northeastward from the city, along Pine Street. Use TX-135 to come south (in a generally southwest direction) from Kilgore and Troup.
  • Texas State Highway 204 runs southeastward from the city, but uses no street name while in the city limits. Use TX-204 to come west (in a northwest direction) from the Nacogdoches area, by way of US-259.

The nearest interstate highway from Jacksonville is Interstate 20, which passes east-west just to the north of Tyler.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari 1200 County Road 4405, +1 903 683-3322. Animals on-site include alligator, bison, camel, deer, donkeys, ducks, elk, javelina, kangaroo, llama, turkey, yak, and zebra. Just northeast of Ponta, 16 miles southeast of Jacksonville.
  • Killough Monument County Road 3431, just south of County Road 3411. Hours: daily, usually dawn-dusk; gate at CR-3431 access from CR-3411 is locked when area is closed. (GPS coordinates: 32.049370, -95.339763) Site of the biggest attack on early settlers by Natives in east Texas. An iron-ore obelisk and Texas state historical marker are at the site, 10 miles northwest of Jacksonville.
  • Love's Lookout Park US-69 North (at the north city limits), +1 903 586-4868. Roadside park with scenic overlook, visitor information center, historical marker, picnic spots, restrooms, and vending machines. Visitors to the overlook can see a view of more than 25 miles on good weather days.
  • Neches River National Wildlife Refuge +1 903 589-3510. The refuge, spanning more than 4400 acres in size, has several nature trails and an interpretive center in the works. Acreage has been acquired on both sides of the Neches River, along the Cherokee County-Anderson County line. Check for the latest information on opening/availability before traveling. Off US-79 at the Neches River, 11 miles west of Jacksonville.
  • Ruth B. Nichols Arboretum, 1015 SE Loop 456, +1 903 586-7545. Includes trails through various types of hardwood forest, on 3 1/2 acres, operated in conjunction with Texas A&M Forest Service.  edit
  • Vanishing Texana Museum 300 S. Bolton, +1 903 586-1696. Thursday-Saturday 11:00 am-4:00 pm (other days by appointment). Displays of historical artifacts of Jacksonville and its vicinity.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Buckner Park 119-123 Newbern St. Has swimming pool, pavilion, walk/bike trail, tennis court, basketball court, playground, and picnic tables.
  • Cherokee Ranch Golf Club 14881 US-79, +1 903 541-4700. Tuesday-Sunday 8:00 am-7:00 pm. On the east edge of town, 18-hole par-71 course. Rounds from $35-$45 each, or, memberships are available if you want to be a regular.
  • Highland Lanes, 36644 US-69 (just south of the city limits), +1 903 589-8555. Wednesday 5:00 pm-9:00 pm, Thursday 5:00 pm-10:00 pm, Friday 5:00 pm-11:00 pm, Saturday 3:00 pm-11:00 pm, Sunday 3:00 pm-9:00 pm. Bowling alley, also has a bar and game room area.  edit
  • Jackson Cinema 1710-A S. Jackson, +1 903 586-0079. 3-screen movie theater showing first-run films.
  • Lake Jacksonville +1 903 589-3510 (camping reservation info). Source of water and recreation for residents and visitors alike. Fishing, swimming, camping all can be enjoyed. Take College Avenue south to Byrd Road, then out Byrd Road to the lake.
  • Nichols Green Park 2000 S. Jackson. Disc golf, walk/bike trails, pavilion, playground, horseshoe pits, picnic spots, tennis court, and more on 100+ acres.
  • River Run ATV Park 2001 County Road 3315, +1 903 724-4100. 2000+ acres' worth of off-road fun can be had here, in and out of the mud. Hosts several events through the year for ATV/4-wheeler recreation. Near the Neches River, 11 miles west of Jacksonville.
  • Skateland USA 2050 S. Jackson, +1 903 586-6666. Roller skating rink, also includes an arcade room.
  • Texas State Railroad 535 Park Road 76, Rusk, (toll free: ☎ +1 855 632-7729). Daily, 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Excursions aboard restored locomotives and passenger train cars, between Rusk and Palestine. The Rusk depot is just west of Rusk, and 16 miles south of Jacksonville.
  • Tomato Bowl Stadium 200 Austin Street. Local venue for home football games of Jacksonville High School, opened in 1940 after a WPA-led construction project; renovated in 2018-2019.

Events[edit]

  • Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show 611 SE Loop 456, +1 903 683-5416, or +1 903 586-1122. Yearly, in late March. Held at the Cherokee County Exposition Center on the south side of the city. Event with several youth categories, including farm animals (cattle, horses, pigs, and more), photography, horticulture, shop projects, and baked goods; a separate home canned goods category is open to youth and adult contestants. During the show, a Junior Livestock Show Queen is crowned.
  • Christmas Parade, downtown, along Commerce Street. Yearly, in early December. Local band and float entries participate, along with an appearance by Santa Claus. A fun part of the holiday season.  edit
  • Independence Day Fireworks Display Lake Jacksonville, at the concession area on Byrd Road. Yearly, each July 4; takes place between 9:00 pm-10:00 pm.
  • Tomato Fest. Yearly, first week in June. Week-long festival celebrating Jacksonville's past tomato-growing industry. Street dance, farmer's market, contests, farm-to-table dinner with tomato-oriented menu, 5K run, and much more.  edit
  • Tops in Texas Rodeo 736 Mulberry St. (rodeo grounds). Yearly, middle of May (Thursday-Saturday). Events include calf roping, barrel racing, as well as a special junior rodeo; a Rodeo Queen is crowned each year, as well.

Learn[edit]

  • Jacksonville Independent School District 800 College Ave., +1 903 586-6511. Primary and secondary learning in the area comes from this district, which is made up of 4 elementary schools (East Side, Fred Douglass, Joe Wright, West Side), Nichols Intermediate, Jacksonville Middle, and Jacksonville High School. The reach of the district goes beyond the city limits of Jacksonville, outward to several communities in northern Cherokee County.
  • Jacksonville College 105 B.J. Albritton Dr., +1 903 586-2518. Private 2-year Baptist-oriented junior college.
  • Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary 1530 E. Pine St., +1 903 586-2501. Church ministry school that awards associate, bachelors, and masters degrees.

Buy[edit][add listing]

The primary retail areas in Jacksonville are downtown, and along South Jackson Street (US-69). There is a small choice of grocery, drug, apparel, household, as well as specialty stores, boutiques, and convenience stores in the city.

  • Break N' Bread 1009 S. Jackson, #100, +1 903 589-8604. Monday-Friday 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Saturday 9:30 am-3:00 pm. Organic and natural foods, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements.
  • Country Charm Candles 15646 US-79 East (just east of the city limits), +1 903 541-4705. Candles, as well as specialty clothing, jewelry, and gift items.
  • Texas Basket Co. Store 100 Myrtle Dr, +1 903 586-8014. Monday-Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am–4:00 pm. This company makes many different basket sizes (bushel, 1/2 bushel, and other sizes--more than 75 kinds) for agricultural and decorative uses; all of what they make is on-site at their factory, billed as the only one of its kind in Texas, and the biggest manufacturer of baskets in the US.

Banks/ATMs[edit]

If you need cash during your time in Jacksonville, there are some ATMs and banks that are available.

  • Austin Bank (downtown motor bank), 100 W. Commerce, +1 903 541-2083. Motor bank: Monday-Thursday 7:30 am-5:30 pm, Friday 7:30 am-6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Motor-bank-only branch of local bank, with a drive-up ATM.
  • Austin Bank (south), 1712 S. Jackson, +1 903 589-8800. In-bank: Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Motor bank: Monday-Thursday 7:30 am-5:00 pm, Friday 7:30 am-6:00 pm. Local bank, in shopping center parking lot. Has on-site drive-up ATM, separate from the bank's motor bank area.
  • Citizens 1st Bank 825 S. Jackson, +1 903 586-2201. In-bank: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-3:00 pm; Motor bank: Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am-5:30 pm. Rusk-based bank branch, with outdoor on-site ATM separate from the bank's motor bank area.
  • First Convenience Bank 1311 S. Jackson, (toll free: ☎ +1 800 903-7490). Monday-Wednesday 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Thursday-Friday 9:00 am-7:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm-4:00 pm. Branch is inside a Walmart store, no motor bank available. Has in-store walk-up ATM.
  • Prosperity Bank 203 Neches St, +1 903 586-9861. In-bank: Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Motor bank: Monday-Friday 7:30 am-5:30 pm, Saturday 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Houston-based bank branch, with on-site ATM in the bank's motor bank area.
  • Southside Bank 1015 S. Jackson, +1 903 589-0303. In-bank: Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Motor bank: Monday-Friday 7:30 am-6:30 pm, Saturday 8:00 am-1:00 pm. Tyler-based bank branch, in shopping center parking lot. Has on-site ATM, which accepts deposits, in the bank's motor bank area.
  • Texas National Bank 300 Neches St, +1 903 586-0931. In-bank: Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Motor bank: Monday-Thursday 8:00 am-5:30 pm, Friday 8:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Local bank with an on-site ATM, in the bank's motor bank area.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Several regional and national chain restaurants can be found in Jacksonville. There are local restaurants in the city, as well.

  • Adolfo's Pizza 1311-F S. Jackson, +1 903 586-3100. daily, 11:00 am-10:00 pm. Pizza/salad buffet, or whole pizzas, wings, and pies for dessert, available for dine-in or carry-out.
  • Beverly's Country Cafe 1712-D S. Jackson, +1 903 586-7835. Monday-Saturday 6:00 am-2:00 pm, Sunday 7:00 am-2:00 pm. Long-time restaurant in a shopping center storefront with breakfast and lunch menu.
  • Break N' Bread 1009 S. Jackson. Monday-Friday 11:00 am-1:00 pm. Natural food store has a lunch menu that includes sandwiches, salads, wraps, and smoothies.
  • La Fonda del Sol, 608 W. Rusk St, +1 903 589-5382. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 6:30 am-3:00 pm and 5:30 pm-9:00 pm; Wednesday 6:30 pm-3:00 pm; Friday 6:30 am-9:00 pm; Sunday 7:00 am-2:00 pm. Tex-Mex dishes, seafood, tacos, plus all-you-can-eat specials.  edit
  • Legends Old Time Burger Cafe 1630 S. Jackson, +1 903 589-6704. Monday-Saturday 11:00 am-8:00 pm. Shopping center storefront with burgers, sandwiches, salads, fish, and steak or chicken platters.
  • Los Regios, 517 E. Rusk St, +1 903 339-6611. Monday-Thursday 11:00 am-9:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00 am-10:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-5:00 pm. Tex-Mex grill and cantina, open for lunch and dinner.  edit
  • RITUAL 214 S. Main, +1 903 284-6880. Monday-Friday 7:30 am-2:00 pm, Saturday 10 am-2 pm. Luncheonette with light fare, sandwiches, teas, and coffee.
  • Sadler's 101 S. Bonner, +1 903 589-0866. Lunch: Thursday and Friday, 11:00 am-2:00 pm; Dinner: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 5:00 pm-9:00 pm. Restaurant and bar located on the west side of downtown, serving traditional American dishes, as well as a dessert menu that includes many kinds of pies.
  • Sylvia Mae's Soul Food 564 N. Main, +1 903 658-3122. Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 am-8:00 pm. An array of home-cooked-style soul food choices, with daily specials available. Located in an old restored storefront building north of downtown.
  • The Patio 311 N. Jackson, +1 903 339-6193. Breakfast menu: Monday-Saturday 5:00 am-2:00 pm, Sunday 6:00 am-2:00 pm; Lunch & dinner menu: Monday-Saturday 11:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Just north of downtown, this restaurant has 2 menus: donuts, baked goods, breakfast, and coffee in the mornings and midday hours; seafood items are served for lunch and dinner times.

Drink[edit][add listing]

It is lawful to sell beer and wine in Jacksonville at certain retail stores. Liquor, on the other hand, is not available for retail sale in the city at stores, so visitors must go to another city where that is available. The nearest places where liquor can be sold, from Jacksonville, are Rusk (14 miles south on US-69) and Cuney (10 miles northwest on US-175). Liquor is available by the drink at certain restaurants/bars, and no membership fees are required in advance.

  • Commerce Street Drafthouse 401 E. Commerce, +1 903 541-2141. Wednesday-Saturday 11:00 am-10:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Craft beers, plus a lunch and dinner menu that includes sandwiches, burgers, and barbecue. Live music on Saturday nights.
  • Neon Country 954 N. Jackson, +1 903 586-9009. Wednesday-Saturday 6:00 pm-2:00 am. Country-and-Western nightclub with pool tables and occasional live bands.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western 1659 S. Jackson, +1 903 586-0007. checkin: 2:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 53 rooms. Complimentary breakfast, indoor pool/hot tub, fitness center, coin laundry, business center, in-room coffee maker with microwave and mini-refrigerator, complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Holiday Inn Express 1923 S. Jackson, +1 903 589-8900. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 68 rooms, 34 suites. Non-smoking throughout hotel. Complimentary breakfast, complimentary lobby coffee, indoor pool/hot tub, fitness center, coin laundry, business center, in-room coffee maker with microwave and mini-refrigerator, complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Hotel RITUAL 540 El Paso St, +1 903 339-1155. Quieter neighborhood getaway with outdoor pool/hot tub, sauna, spa treatments, massages, and on-site bar. Main house has a choice of Deluxe Room (king-size canopy bed, attached bath) or Guest Suite (king bed, twin bed, and queen bed, all in adjacent bedrooms, with connecting bath area). Overlooking the pool is a separate Carriage House with its own kitchen and private deck. Apothecary items available. (Co-owned with the RITUAL luncheonette/yoga studio downtown.)
  • LaQuinta Inn & Suites 1902 S. Jackson, +1 903 586-6504. (Hotel is temporarily closed. Contact the property for updates prior to travel.)
  • Pine Cottage Retreat Just off TX-135 in Tecula (5 1/2 miles northeast of Jacksonville), +1 903 363-4521. Dude-ranch style setting on 20 acres. Offers cabins, RV spaces, and tent camping spots. Rates include daily meals. Petting zoo, horseback riding, playground, horseshoe pit, mini-golf, and zip line on the property.

Contact[edit]

  • City of Jacksonville 315 S. Ragsdale, +1 903 586-3510. The City Hall building is the center of municipal activity for the city, and is on the south-central side of downtown.
  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce 526 E. Commerce, +1 903 586-2217. Inside the Norman Activity Center on the east side of downtown. Local business networking, tourist and visitor service for the area.

Cope[edit]

Churches[edit]

Several religious denominations are represented in the Jacksonville area, including Assembly of God, Baptist, Catholic, Church of Christ, United Methodist, as well as other congregations.

Gym/Spa/Yoga[edit]

  • Anytime Fitness 319 E. Tena St, +1 903 339-3120. daily, 24 hours. Cardio equipment, free weights/strength training, tanning, personal training/coaching, plus classes are available.
  • CrossFit Truth 2110 E. Rusk, +1 903 216-0956. Beginner Class: Thursday 5:45 pm; Regular Classes: Monday-Thursday 5:00 am/8:00 am/4:30 pm/5:45 pm, Friday 5:00 am/8:00 am/4:30 pm, Saturday 9:30 am. Strength and conditioning, using free weights and other equipment.
  • RITUAL 214 S. Main, +1 903 339-1155. Offers skin treatments, yoga sessions, and apothecary items.

Hospitals[edit]

Library[edit]

  • Jacksonville Public Library 502 S. Jackson, +1 903 586-7664. Monday/Thursday 12:00 pm-8:00 pm; Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 10:00 am-6:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am-2:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm. Library is housed in a former grocery store building, with regularly-scheduled activities, internet computers, and Wi-Fi connection.

Newspaper[edit]

Pharmacy[edit]

  • Brookshire Brothers 210 E. Cherokee, +1 903 586-9333. Monday-Friday 8:30 am-6:00 pm, Saturday 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Regional chain grocery with on-site pharmacy.
  • CVS 824 S. Jackson, +1 903 586-3581. daily 8:00 am-9:00 pm. National chain drugstore. Has drive-thru window.
  • Porter Pharmacy 308 W. Larissa, +1 903 586-9804. Monday-Friday 8:00 am-6:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Has a drive-thru, offers delivery, compounding, as well as flavoring of children's prescriptions.
  • Walmart 1311 S. Jackson, +1 903 589-3434. Monday-Friday 9:00 am-9:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am-7:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am-6:00 pm. National chain general merchandiser/grocery with on-site pharmacy; main store open 24 hours.

Radio[edit]

There are a few AM and FM radio stations in Jacksonville, while others are based in other nearby cities, like Tyler, Longview, and Lufkin. Some of these include:

  • KTBB (600 AM/97.5 FM). Tyler-based news/talk/sports station.
  • KEBE (1400 AM). Local big band/standards/nostalgia station (simulcaster of KZQX-FM Tatum/Chalk Hill).
  • KBJS (90.3 FM). Local station with religious programming/talk/music.
  • KTYL (93.1 FM). Tyler-based top-40 station.
  • KTYK (100.7 FM). Overton-based public radio station with NPR news and shows, classical and jazz music (Part of a 6-station "Red River Radio" network based at LSU-Shreveport).
  • KNUE (101.5 FM). Tyler-based country music station.
  • KOOI (106.5 FM). Local variety hits ("Jack-FM") station.

Television[edit]

Other stations and cable/satellite channels are available, but the primary local stations include:

  • KLTV (Channel 7). Area station for ABC (7.1), Bounce TV (7.2), and Telemundo (7.3), with local news
  • KYTX (Channel 19). Area station for CBS (19.1), CW (19.2), and MeTV (19.3), with local news
  • KFXK (Channel 51). Area station for Fox (51.1), MyNetwork (51.2), Escape (51.3), and Laff (51.4), with some local news
  • KETK (Channel 56). Area station for NBC (56.1), Grit (56.2), and Ion (56.3), with local news

Get out[edit]

Routes through Jacksonville
DenisonTyler  N noframe S  LufkinBeaumont
ShreveportHenderson  N noframe S  PalestineRound Rock (Austin)
DallasAthens  W noframe E  END


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