Here are just a few things that are unique to Jackson, MI. From easily navigable waterways to an abundance of natural resources, Jackson has a rich and deep history that led to many of the city's modern historical attractions. Jackson has played an important part in U.S. history from the early days. It was named for U.S. Pres. Andrew Jackson and was known successively as Jacksonburgh, Jacksonopolis, and finally Jackson in 1833. It is also well known for the impact the city had on the Underground Railroad.
Historical and Unique:
In 1839 Michigan’s first state prison was built; it has continued to be a major employer in the city. You can actually now take tours of Cell Block 7. It moved from its original location to just north of town in 1930. The town became the eastern terminus for the Michigan Central Railroad in 1841. Five other railroads soon passed through Jackson. Not only was it an important regional rail center, Jackson’s train depot is the oldest continually operating passenger rail station in the United States.
The Republican Party held its first convention in Jackson, MI, making it the birthplace of the political party. Under the Oaks is a historical site where on July 6, 1854, a state convention of anti-slavery men was held to found the new party.
The city became an early leader in the production of automobiles. With the transfer of the auto industry to other cities, Jackson acquired allied industries and other manufactures, including tools, air-conditioning equipment, and aircraft parts. Ye Ole Carriage Shop has an unbelievable amount of memorabilia and a one of kind and extensive collection of locally produced vehicles.
Architectual and Unique:
The Cascades, also known as Cascade Falls, has stood as a symbol of Jackson for over 85 years, the colors in its cascading waterfalls as unique as the city’s personality. It serves as one of Jackson’s most spectacular attractions. For more than 85 years, The Cascades has captivated locals and visitors from around the world.
An appreciation for the arts is evident at Art 634 studios, Michigan Theatre and Armory Arts. Art is prevelant in the architecture in Downtown Jackson, check out this 1920s Architecture Self-Guided Walking Tour. Religious artistry is easy to spot at St. Demetrius Orthodox Church, graced with floor-to-ceiling Byzantine frescoes. Stand in the shadow of Louise Nevelson's 30-foot Summer Night Tree sculpture for a steely glimpse of abstract art. Or make your way down to the CP Federal City Square featuring the Glidden Parker Mural, a concert stage for live music or outdoor movies in the summer.