Introduction to Jacksonville, Arkansas
Jacksonville, Arkansas, in Pulaski county, is 11 miles NE of North Little Rock, Arkansas (center to center) and 118 miles W of Memphis, Tennessee. The people of the city are in the Little Rock - North Little Rock metropolitan area. Jacksonville has a population of 29,916.
Jacksonville was named after Nicholas and Elizabeth Jackson. They were the landowners and deeded the land to Cairo and Fulton Railroad in 1870. Settlement grew around the railroad depot and it finally evolved into a community. Jacksonville was incorporated in 1941. Construction of the Arkansas Ordinance Plant began in 1941, and the plant provided the facility for making fuses and detonators, which were used in World War II.
Jacksonville and nearby Attractions
- Aerospace Education Center
- Museum of Discovery
- Historic Arkansas Museum
- Toltec Mounds
- Peggy's Zoo
Things To Do In Jacksonville
The city of Jacksonville has many museums including the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, Arkansas Arts Center, and the Old State House Museum. Tourists can also visit the First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, and the Mount Pisgah Church. There are many parks that offer a range of recreational facilities. The South Plaza Shopping Center, Sunnyside Shopping Center, Crestview Plaza Shopping Center are also popular tourist haunts.
Those wishing to travel by air can do so from Little Rock AFB Airport.
Jacksonville Higher Education
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas State University-Beebe Beach, University of Central Arkansas, Harding University, and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff are some of the universities that offer higher education opportunities.