In what is now northern Cherokee County, the town of Jacksonville began in 1847 on the east bank of Gum Creek. Jackson Smith built a house and blacksmith shop in the area and became postmaster. By 1850, Smith had the town site and square surveyed near his home. Because it was on his land and because William Jackson was one of the first to build there, the citizens of the town named it Jacksonville.

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Cherokee County Banner in The Portal to Texas History. University of North Texas Libraries. https://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/CCB/ accessed July 14, 2024.

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