A post office community before 1849, it was moved three miles to its present site when the International-Great Northern Railroad was built in 1872. During the 1930s-40s, the city was known as the "Tomato Capital" from which more tomatoes were shipped than any other city in Texas. The city celebrates Tomato Fest on the second Saturday in June. During the 2010 Tomato Fest, Jacksonville earned a new title--"Home of the World's Largest Bowl of Salsa"--when they broke the former Guinness World Record. More than 60 manufacturing firms--many associated with plastic and wood--are located in Jacksonville.


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