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Murphysboro is located in southern Illinois in Jackson County (of which it is the county seat) southwest of Mt. Vernon just north of Carbondale at the junction of Highways 13 and 127 near Kinkaid Lake. It is situated just east of the Mississippi River and only minutes north of the Shawnee National Forest. The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 8,950, a decrease of 226 since 1990.

Other nearby recreational opportunities include Lake Murphysboro State Park, Crab Orchard Lake & NWR, Turkey Bayou Recreation Area and Pine Hill Recreation Area.

One of the highlights of summer is the week-long "Apple Festival"--one of the longest running affairs in the state.

On an historical note, native son Gen. John A. Logan was born here in 1826.

Kinkaid Lake | Pomona Natural Bridge | Shawnee Saltpeter Cave |
History Jackson County Historical Society |
Illinois State Parks Lake Murphysboro State Park |

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Bluegrass in the Park Music and Folklife Festival Henderson KY August8-10 Invite all your friends and family. There will be something for everyone.