Introduction to Murphysboro, Illinois
Murphysboro, Illinois, in Jackson county, is 78 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri. There are 13,295 residents in the city.
Murphysboro was established as the second county seat of Jackson County. It was created after a fire destroyed Brownsville, the first county seat of Jackson County. After the fire, the residents decided to move the county seat to a more convenient location. The land on which Murphysboro was founded was donated by Major General John A. Logan. It was named after William C. Murphy, one of the commissioners who chose the location, after his name was drawn from a hat containing the names of all the commissioners.
Murphysboro and nearby Attractions
- Shawnee National Forest
- Little Grand Canyon National Recreational Trail
- Oakwood Bottoms
- Pomona Natural Bridge
- Cedar Lake
- Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge
Things To Do In Murphysboro
Murphysboro is a lively city where one can find numerous entertaining activities, while the city also offers a high quality dining and shopping experience. There are various historical sites and museums where one can learn about the local history of the area. Opportunities for boating, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, golf, horseback riding, kayaking and rock climbing are all available in Murphysboro.
Southern Illinois Airport is the nearest major airport.
Murphysboro Higher Education
One can pursue higher education at Carbondale College, John A. Logan College and Southeast Missouri State University.