1. Welcome to Jackson, Missouri

  1. History

  2. Brief History of Jackson

    The City of Jackson began in 1814 as a settlement on elevated land between Hubble and Goose Creeks.  The site had been selected to serve as a permanent seat of justice for the Cape Girardeau District.  Jackson is still the county seat of Cape Girardeau County. 
    The City of Jackson was officially laid out in 1815.  A federal land office was established in 1818.  The first courthouse was also built in 1818.  The community had a population of 300 and supported five stores, two shoemakers, and a tannery.  In 1819, the first newspaper in southeast Missouri, the Missouri Herald, was published in Jackson.
    Although its initial growth was rapid, the economy of the City of Jackson developed conservatively and remains so today.  In 1841, a bank was established.  A flour mill was constructed in 1855 and another in 1873.  In 1877, Jackson was linked to Cape Girardeau by the first long distance service line in Missouri.  By 1884, the population of the City of Jackson had grown to 2,105, and the town supported 50 businesses.  The courthouse built in 1818 burned down in 1870.  The current courthouse was built in 1908 and is “on the square” in the center of Uptown Jackson.
    Jackson was selected 59th among best places to live in small towns in the U. S. by Money Magazine, and 10th best places to live in Missouri by Missouri Living.  With a current population of 13,758, Jackson is one of the fastest growing communities in Missouri.
    Our Police Department is nationally accredited by CALEA; the Fire Department has an ISO rating of 4; and the Electric Department has achieved the Reliable Public Power Provider distinction.  These three Departments have existed in Jackson over 100 years.
    The Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, also located in Uptown Jackson, has records dating back to 1797, when this area was still part of Spain.  There are Missouri Territorial records, records from the period of Missouri’s statehood, and Civil War documents.

    Jackson, Missouri, is a unique community with a progressive attitude and small-town atmosphere.  It is a great place to live and raise a family.
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    2. E-Cycle Day
      The City of Jackson and Midwest Recycling Center ...Read More
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    2. Jackson Swimming Pool opens
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  4. City of Jackson
    101 Court Street
    Jackson, MO 63755  
    Phone:  (573) 243-3568  
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