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Jackson Parish

Map of Jackson ParishCreated in 1845, Jackson Parish was carved from portions of Ouachita, Claiborne, and Union parishes.  DOTD Tourism Map of Jackson ParishNamed for a former United States President, Andrew Jackson, the parish encompasses 570 square miles and has over 15,000 residents.

Early settlers discovered that the light soil of Jackson was most conducive to growing grain products such as corn, but vegetables and fruits were also harvested in abundance.  The most important crop and only marketable one, cotton, was picked not only for home use but also to pay debtors.  Today, Jackson’s economy relies less on agriculture and more on the forestry industry and the manufacture of wood and glass products.

by Alana A. Carmon

Principle Towns





Jackson Parish Tourism Commission

Historic Sites, Plantations & Museums

Jackson Parish Museum (Jonesboro)

National Register of Historic Places

Wildlife Preserves

Jackson Bienville Wildlife Management Area

Jimmie Davis State Park


Jackson Parish Courthouses

Jackson Parish Library

LSU AgCenter