Introduction to Jasper, Texas
Jasper was first settled by John Bevil around 1824, and was initially known as Snow River or Bevil's Settlement. It was renamed Jasper in 1835 after William Jasper, an American Revolution hero who died fighting. Jasper served as the headquarters of the Confederate Army for an area comprised of nine-counties. The early twentieth century saw the arrival of railway and Jasper grew into a center that manufactured timber products. In 2005, hurricane Rita caused considerable damage to the city.
Jasper and Nearby Attractions
- Ellen Trout Zoo
- Heritage Village
- Fort Jesup State Historic Site
- Sam Houston Jones State Park
Things To Do In Jasper
Cane River Creole National Historical Park and Heritage Area is a historical site which presents the growth path of the Creole culture. Other historic sites close to Jasper include Fort Jesup State Historic Site, Fort Saint Jean Baptiste State Historic Site and Los Adaes State Historic Site which are remains of forts built during the 18th and 19th centuries. Other attractions in the area include W.H. Stark House and the Big Thicket National Preserve. The North Toledo Bend State Park, Sam Houston Jones State Park and Lake Livingston State Park have facilities for horseback riding, camping, mountain biking, swimming, fishing, boating and picnicking.
The major airport nearest to Jasper is Lake Charles Regional Airport.
Jasper Higher Education
Colleges closest to Jasper include Angelina College, Lamar State College - Orange, McNeese State University, Northwestern State University, and Stephen F. Austin State University.