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Nestled by the Grand River, Jackson, Michigan, pulsates with a vibrant history waiting to be explored. Step back in time and discover hidden gems whispering tales of resilience, innovation, and community spirit.

Delve into the era of the Underground Railroad, where brave souls like Emma P. Nichols found refuge or a safe path north. Walk along the same paths they trod, their stories echoing in the whispers of the wind. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Jackson Station, the oldest continuously operating train station in the nation, its architecture silently speaking of bustling journeys and pivotal moments.

Journey to the imposing Michigan State Prison, once the largest walled prison in the world. Now an artists’ haven known as the Armory Arts Village, its transformation symbolizes Jackson’s ability to reinvent itself.

Introduced in 1914, the iconic Coney dog soon won the heart of people world wide. Pull up a seat at a counter and taste history.

Follow the footsteps of history by visiting “Under the Oaks,” the gathering spot of early abolitionists. A meeting that spawned the Republican party.

Jackson’s history is more than just dates. It’s the people and and places that continue into the future. Come and experience Jackson County History. There is so much more waiting to be discovered.

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Spending Your Halloween in Jackson County

Octobers are meant for pumpkin-picking, color-changing, a spook here and there. Jackson County has a stop for each. Get out your camera and your carving knife, because spooky season is happening right here in Jackson County.

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