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Jefferson and Marion County

Jefferson is a very historic town of about 2100 (up 4% since 2000) located at the intersection of US Highway 59 and Texas Highway 49 in eastern Texas, not far from the Louisiana border. Jefferson was founded in 1841 on land received from the Caddo Nation, and was named for Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson got a lot of traffic as a riverport and shortly after the Civil War, had a population of over 30,000. Jefferson is the county seat of Marion County and is well worth a visit. Marion County was established in 1860, and was named after Revolutionary War General Francis Marion. The Marion County Courthouse was built in 1914, and was designed by fames architect Elmer G. Withers using the Classical Revival Style of Architecture.

Jefferson Historic District

The entire Jefferson Downtown area is the "Jefferson Historic District" and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as are 17 other individual buildings.

Jefferson Historical Museum

The Jefferson Historical Museum is located in the Old U. S. Post Office Building and is well worth a visit.

  • Last visit to Jefferson: Apr 2013
  • Intro Updated Jun 6, 2013
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