Aug. 22, 2009 at 3:22 a.m.
Named for the seventh U.S. President Andrew Jackson, this county was one of the original 23 counties created on March 17, 1836 when Texas became an independent republic. It was organized in 1837 with the county seat in Texana (1836-1883), originally known as Santa Anna. The county seat has since moved to Edna, the county's largest town.
Jackson County is home to about 14,391 people with about 5,899 people living in Edna and 1,915 in Ganado. Other towns in Jackson County include La Ward, La Salle, Lolita, El Toro, Vanderbilt, Francitas, Morales and Cordele.
Interplast Group LTD., affiliated with the Formosa Plastics group, is the county's largest employer with about 1,700 employees in its three operating divisions.
Lake Texana is ideally suited for water recreation, fishing and camping. About 500,000 visits were made to the lake in 2008, including campers, picnickers, boaters, fishermen, birdwatchers, wildlife enthusiasts and sightseers.
Lake Texana is in the 575-acre Lake Texana State Park, 300-acre Brackenridge Recreation Complex and 250-acre Mustang Wilderness Campground. Combined, these three areas offer 418 campsites plus primitive camping in beautiful wooded settings, 10 boat access points, lighted fishing piers, picnic areas, playgrounds, group facilities and wildlife observation areas.
Also available are nature trails, hike and bike trails, historic trails and an equestrian trail.
Lake Texana State Park includes an amphitheater, interpretive center, park store, and canoe and paddleboat rentals.
Brackenridge Recreation Complex offers the 9,000 square foot Hafernick Recreation Center, a multi-use facility with auditorium, meeting rooms, a well-equipped sitting room and kitchen, and a wildlife viewing area amidst old oak and pecan trees.
Jackson County boasts its new Main Event Center in the Brackenridge Recreation Complex. The Main Event Center has a covered area that seats 2,500, an animal exhibit, an outdoor roping arena, covered concessions and a commons area.