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Jackson county is located in southern Illinois on the banks of the Mississippi River and was organized in 1818.

The first county seat was located in now-defunct Brownsville, about four miles west of the current seat, Murphysboro.

The city of Carbondale is the home of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. The campus boasts such attractions as the Shryock Auditorium, built in 1918 and located on the "old campus". It is a performing arts center and claims a 58-rank Reuter Pipe Organ.

The area is fortunate to be a part of the Shawnee National Forest and its surrounding beauty. Crab Orchard Lake & NWR also graces the county.

The county population on July 1, 1999, was 60,651, a decrease of 416 over the 1990 census.

For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.

Additional information is available at these pages:

Location: Murphysboro Illinois

Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Benton) Franklin County
(McLeansboro) Hamilton County
(Murphysboro) Jackson County
(Vienna) Johnson County
(Pinckneyville) Perry County
(Golconda) Pope County

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Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival Newburgh IN May17-18 There will be non stop jazz, wonderful wines, great food, and the opportunity to browse and purchase local art. All of this overlooking the beautiful Ohio River at the Old Lock & Dam Park.
Belleville Art on the Square Belleville IL May17-19
Lower Town Arts and Music Festival Paducah KY May17-19 The Lower Town Arts and Music Festival in Paducah, Kentucky is THE regional Festival for Western Kentucky and the surrounding area. The Festival's mission is to celebrate the cultural richness of this part of the country.
International Horseradish Festival Collinsville IL May31-June2 Admission is always free, parking is always free and musical entertainment is always free at the Horseradish Festival.
Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival Henderson KY June12-15 The W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival has become one of the largest free music festivals in the nation, drawing attendants from just about every state and many countries. The festival is a celebration of the life and legacy of Henderson resident and 'Father of the Blues', William Christopher Handy.
Bluegrass in the Park Music and Folklife Festival Henderson KY August8-10 Invite all your friends and family. There will be something for everyone.