East Texas City
Visit The Vanishing Texana Museum
Home Of The Tomato Festival
Not to be left behind, the residents of Jacksonville picked up and moved the town in 1872 when the International-Great Northern Railroad laid tracks several miles from their original townsite. View East Texas splendor at the scenic ridge Love’s Lookout. A popular tourist destination during antebellum Texas, the site offers spectacular views, a visitors center, and picnic arbors. The Vanishing Texana Museum, in the Jacksonville Public Library, displays Native American artifacts, old farm implements, and photographs. Held every June, Jacksonville’s annual Tomato Festival draws large crowds. During the 2010 Tomato Fest, Jacksonville broke the former Guinness World Record, earning the title “Home of the World’s Largest Bowl of Salsa”.