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Popular historical sites include St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway Co., which showcases the only tourist train in the region. On display during these train tours is the beautiful and peaceful countryside of southeast Missouri. Brookside Veteran’s Memorial honors those who served in war dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Over 2,000 veterans are inscribed on a black granite wall surrounded by 11 sentinel columns. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places is the Oliver House, named for the senator who spent over a hundred years in the Jackson Area. As the oldest Protestant church west of the Mississippi River, the Old McKendree Chapel is close to 200 years old and considered a National Methodist Shrine.

Trail of Tears State Park pays homage to the Cherokee Indians forced out of their native homeland and the trek they made from Georgia to Oklahoma. Backpacking trails lead you into the dense forest or onto bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River.

Lodging accommodations are easily found in Jackson. For an intimate, romantic or old-fashioned feel, TLC Wellness/Bed & Breakfast Inn has become a favorite amongst visitors. Nearly a century old, the Victorian home contains four guestrooms and is completely furnished with priceless antiques and excellent home-cooked meals.

Motels, such as The Town House Inn and Drury Hotel and Suites, offer comfortable and affordable stays, with locations convenient to local attractions, shopping and restaurants. Campgrounds at the Trail of Tears, Cherokee Campgrounds and the Little Ole Opry provide sites for RVs or tents.

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Restaurants are in abundance throughout Jackson, providing several different local cuisines. Barbecue lovers can enjoy the delicious offerings at The Branding Iron. For more of a variety, establishments such as Tractor’s Classic American Grill, Delmonico’s, and Lil’ Miss Muffin and Stuff Café all provide excellent meals. The El Torero Mexican Restaurant prepares ethnic menus, while the local pizza restaurants include Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Pizza Inn and Pizza Pro of Jackson. Nationwide fast food chains are scattered around the city for those in search of on-the-go meals.

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