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Jackson is a city in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States. The population was 13,758 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Cape Girardeau County. It is a principal city of the Cape Girardeau - Jackson, MO-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area.HistoryThe first post office was established in 1814 when the area was called Birdstown. The name was changed to Jackson on August 31, 1819, named for Andrew Jackson, a general popular for his role in the War of 1812. It was the first town to be named after Andrew Jackson. The town was platted in 1815. The Missouri Herald, the third newspaper in state, was established here on June 25, 1819.Although its initial growth was rapid, the economy of the City of Jackson developed conservatively. In 1841, a bank was established. A flour mill was constructed in 1855 and another in 1873. In 1877, Jackson was linked to Cape Girardeau by the first long-distance railway service line in Missouri. By 1884, the population of the City of Jackson had grown to 2,105, and the town supported 50 businesses. The courthouse built in 1818 burned down in 1870. The current courthouse was built in 1908 and is “on the square” in the center of Uptown Jackson where Jones Drug Store still runs and serves the community since 1871 .GeographyJackson is located at . According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.96sqmi, of which, 10.94sqmi is land and 0.02sqmi is water.
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