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Jackson is a city in Western Tennessee that grew as a crossroads between various railroads in the four cardinal directions. It was the major commerce center of western Tennessee around the time of its founding in 1821 because Memphis had yet to emerge as a dominant community. Jackson hasn't been without its fair share of trials and travails as it knew the systemic ordeals of slavery for cotton production and lynchings and disenfranchisement as well as other places did in the South, plus high crime and tornadoes.


Get in[edit]

While passenger train service is no longer available, Jackson has an advantageous position due to its central location between Memphis and Nashville on Interstate 40 for those traveling by car or bus.

Map of Jackson (Tennessee)

Get around[edit]


  • 1 Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum, 30 Casey Jones Ln, +1 731 668-1222. M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1-5PM. Possibly Jackson's biggest tourist attraction and popularized by "The Ballad of Casey Jones" by Johnny Cash, this museum portrays how a locomotive engineer named Casey Jones gave his life to save a train full of passengers from major loss of life during a collision. Also features his home, the train (replica), and Civil War railroad exhibits. $6.50 adults.
  • 2 Rusty's TV & Movie Car Museum, 323 Hollywood Dr, +1 731 267-5881. F-Su 9AM-5PM. Has a lot of original cars that were used in film production, such as Ghostbusters and Scooby-Doo. $10 adults, $5 children.
  • 3 Bemis Mill Village Museum, 2 N Missouri St, +1 731 423-9140. Museum about a former mill town pertaining to cotton that was just to the south of Jackson. Kind of a quiet place.
  • 4 Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park, 460 Ozier Rd, +1 731 988-5614. Daily 8AM-4:30PM, may be open longer in summer. Ceremonial and burial Native American earthen mounds, with staircase to the top of one.
  • 5 Liberty Garden Park & Arboretum, 24 Channing Way, +1 731 425-8399. A small park with a veterans memorial and some flower gardens.



  • 1 Old Hickory Mall, 2021 N Highland Ave, +1 731 664-5319. M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su noon-6PM. Not one of the most invigorating malls, but probably a fine specimen if you are doing a thesis on dying malls in America. Old Hickory Mall (Q17041072) on Wikidata Old Hickory Mall on Wikipedia


  • 1 Dixie Cafe (Old Country Store), 56 Casey Jones Ln A, +1 731 668-1223. M-Th 6:30AM-8PM, F Sa 6:30AM-9PM. A popular buffet with Southern cooking that is part of the Casey Jones Museum complex.




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Routes through Jackson
MemphisBartlett  W  E  DicksonNashville
ChampaignPaducah ← Splits into and  N  S  CorinthTupelo
MemphisBartlett  W  E  DicksonNashville

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