All About Jacksonville
Jacksonville is a city in Morgan County, Illinois, United States. The population was 18,940 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Morgan County.
The town was named in 1825 for future president Andrew Jackson, the commander of American forces at the Battle of New Orleans (1815) and presidential hopeful in 1824.
Jacksonville was a major stopping point on the historic Underground Railroad. An Annual Civil War reenactment celebration is named for Jacksonville resident U.S. Army General Benjamin Grierson.
Jacksonville is the principal city of the Jacksonville Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Morgan and Scott counties.(source: https://www.mapquest.com/us/il/jacksonville-282026087)
Things To Do In Jacksonville:
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Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra offers youth concerts, classic jazz performances, piano concerts and more.
Jacksonville Theatres & Auditoriums
Located on the campus of the Jacksonville Developmental Center, the Sophie Leschin Theater has been the permanent home to the Jacksonville Theatre Guild since its renovation in 1979-1980.
David Strawn Art Gallery
BulletDavid Strawn Art GallerySave The David Strawn Art Gallery is housed in an historic building and features American Indian artifacts and crafts.
BulletLake JacksonvilleSave This man-made lake offers 1,760-acres of water, three boat ramps, two public swimming areas, seven campsites, ten screened shelters and more. Camping facilities include picnic shelters, water and electricity hook ups and restrooms with showers.
Jacksonville Heritage Museum
Located in downtown Jacksonville, this museum showcases collections on the history of Jacksonville from the 1800s to the present. Exhibitions and events are held regularly. (source: http://www.jacksonville-il.worldweb.com/SightsAttractions/)
Education in Jacksonville
About Jacksonville Educational System
Jacksonville is home to two private four-year colleges, Illinois College and MacMurray College. Illinois College is the second oldest college in Illinois, founded in 1829 (and the first to grant a degree – 1835) by one of the famous Yale Bands—students from Yale University who traveled westward to found new colleges. It briefly served as the state’s first medical school from 1843–1848, and became co-educational (Jacksonville Female Academy was founded in 1836 by John Adams) in 1903. Beecher Hall, the first college building erected in Illinois, is named after its first president, Edward Beecher, sibling to Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Jacksonville is also home to three state-run institutions, including the Illinois School for the Deaf, the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired, and the Jacksonville Correctional Center. Lincoln Land Community College’s Western Region Education Center is also located in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville is home to three high schools, two private, and one public, including Routt Catholic High School. Jacksonville School District 117 provides education for the city and much of the county with six elementary schools, one junior high school, and one senior high school. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacksonville,_Illinois#Education)
History of Jacksonville:
Jacksonville is rich in history!
Jacksonville was established by European Americans on a 160-acre tract of land in the center of Morgan County in 1825, two years after the county was founded. The town grew at a rapid rate, and a town square was quickly developed. In 1829, the Presbyterian Reverend John M. Ellis worked to found a new “seminary of learning” in the new state of Illinois. A group of Congregational students at Yale University heard about his plans and headed westward to establish the new school. These students were a part of the famous “Yale Bands,” groups of students who established several colleges in the frontier, what is now the Midwest. Illinois College was one of the first institutions of higher learning in the Midwest.
The college stimulated the growth of Jacksonville. A new courthouse was built on the square, churches were constructed, railroads were planned, and stores and taverns were built. By 1834, Jacksonville had the largest population of any city in the state of Illinois, outnumbering Chicago. In the 1830s, the town was on the path of Native Americans who were being forcibly removed by the federal government to west of the Mississippi. The Potawatomi passed through here in 1838 on what they called their Trail of Death as they were forced from their traditional homelands to the dry and barren Indian Territory to the west.
Jacksonville’s education complex and standing in the state was developed by the establishment of state institutions: the Illinois School for the Deaf and the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired. The Illinois Conference Female Academy was founded for education for girls; it later developed as MacMurray College. By 1850, Illinois College had issued Illinois’ first college degrees and opened the first medical school in the state. Because of this, Jacksonville earned the nickname of “Athens of the West.”
In 1851, Illinois opened its first state mental hospital in Jacksonville; it became a major employer for the area. Now named the Jacksonville Developmental Center, this facility serves developmentally challenged individuals. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacksonville,_Illinois#History)
Check out Jacksonville’s Neighborhood
Jacksonville is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 19,103 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Jacksonville is the 124th largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Jacksonville is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Jacksonville is a city of service providers, sales and office workers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Jacksonville who work in office and administrative support (12.00%), sales jobs (11.53%) and food service (7.94%).
Jacksonville is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Jacksonville enrolled in college, Jacksonville has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
One of the benefits of Jacksonville is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.89 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
The population of Jacksonville overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Jacksonville, 22.23% have at least a bachelor’s degree.
The per capita income in Jacksonville in 2010 was $21,382, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $85,528 for a family of four. However, Jacksonville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Jacksonville is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Jacksonville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Jacksonville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/jacksonville/)
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