Introduction to Jackson, Michigan
Jackson is situated in the south central portion of Michigan in Jackson County. It was established in 1829 and was named in tribute to President Andrew Jackson. The city is recognized as the place of origin for the Republican Party. The region features hundreds of lakes and is well known for its numerous, quality golf courses. Golf Digest rated Jackson as one of the best values for golfing.
Due primarily to its central location, the railroad was constructed in Jackson in 1841. The town became a prominent rail station with six railroads running through it and containing ten switching and repair facilities. In 1854 the establishment of the Republican Party occurred in the city. It was created to prevent the spreading of slavery. The local Underground Railroad provided assistance to slaves who had escaped. By 1901 Jackson became an important location for the manufacturing of automobile parts and by 1910 the automobile industry was the major factor for the economy.
Attractions and Culture
The nearby Michigan International Speedway hosts several NASCAR races. The Pioneer wine making area is popular with tourists. Its scenic landscape consists of rolling hills and numerous lakes. The Michigan Theatre features Spanish Renaissance architecture and is recognized as one of the superb theaters in Michigan. The George E. Potter Center is a prominent venue for a wide variety of cultural events such as Broadway shows, quality national and international shows and well known entertainers. The city is home to the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, the Croswell Opera House and the Michigan Shakespeare Festival.
Museums and Historic Sites
- The Carnegie Library Building features Neoclassical architecture and is included in the National Register of Historic Places
- The Conklin Reed Organ and History Museum showcases a vast number of functional antique reed organs and visitors usually have an opportunity to listen to organ music
- Waterloo Area Farm and Museum offers visitors a chance to experience the life of the early pioneers
- Whistle Stop Park Depot is an historic Romanesque train station
- Under the Oaks
- Ye Olde Carriage Shop
- Gerald E. Eddy Geology Center
- Walker Tavern Complex
- Ella Sharp Museum Galleries
Jackson is a major location for golf enthusiasts. It features numerous beautiful courses. The Optimist Arena provides opportunities for ice skating and hockey, including leagues for the young and for men. The Jackson Speedway/Kart Track is utilized for go-karting by amateurs and experienced competitive racers. Waterloo State Recreation Area is a large acreage and includes the popular Portage Lake Campground.
The Sparks Foundation County Park includes the famous Cascade Falls which are beautifully illuminated and often accompanied by music. The park is utilized for a wide variety of activities. Sharp Park hosts cultural activities, features an arboretum and includes cross-country skiing trails, flower gardens and nature trails. Jackson is home to a vast number of parks.