Tourism in Southern Illinois

Jackson County | Southern Illinois

from the Jackson County Growth Alliance featured story Jackson County is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts and beer lovers alike. The county boasts some of the best hiking trails in the region, with varying lengths and difficulty levels. The River to River Trail is the highest elevation trail, while the Campus Lake walk located […]

Top 5️⃣ HIKES in Jackson County, Illinois!

Jackson County | Hikes | @caffeineuntilcocktails

Jessica Baine @caffeineuntilcocktails According to a mom who doesn’t hike very often! But seriously, I wanted to round up my favorite hikes that I think are semi-easy, kid-friendly, and have gorgeous views! @caffeineuntilcocktails #JacksonCountyIL @SouthernIllinoisTourism

Oak Street Art area

Murphysboro | Oak Street Art | Jackson County

The Logan District Historical District around the Oak and 16th Street area. Murphysboro, IL  The Oak Street Art area is a collective of artists living and working in southern Illinois. Their mission is to nurture connections between art and our community through advocacy, education, and practice, with a vision is that art is for everyone, […]

Southern Illinois prepares for a large crowd for the solar eclipse

Eclipse | Jackson County | Crab Orchard

By CARLY DICK cdick@thesouthern.com Feb 8, 2024 Updated Feb 8, 2024 The countdown to the total solar eclipse is on, and businesses in the region are preparing for the thousands of people who will travel to the area. Southern Illinois will be directly in the path of totality — the best visibility for the eclipse. […]

Murphysboro’s Small Town Scoop dishes out relief from the heat

Murphysboro | Small Town Scoop | Jackson County

Les O’Dell The Southern Aug 24, 2023 Mandy Pfeaster might be the only person in Southern Illinois who actually likes the hot weather of recent weeks. No one can blame her. After all, it is good for business – the ice cream business. “Summer is definitely my favorite,” said the owner of Small Town Scoop, […]

Beautiful Morning in Murphysboro

Mural Youth and Rec Center | Murphysboro | Art Walk

on the south side of the Youth & Rec Center at Carl Lee Park (1818 Walnut Street)  ARTISTS Christine DeShazo · Sue Gindlesparger · Zach Nelson LOCATION GPS – Lat: 37°76483″N    Lon: 89°34335″W DATE  2023 SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS  #revitalize62966 #applecity62966 #paintthetown62966   THE STORY BEHIND THE MURAL The mural, “Beautiful Morning in Murphysboro,” was […]

The Riverside Park Band Shell

2610 West Riverside Park Murphysboro, IL    The plaque reads: THE RIVERSIDE PARK BAND SHELL THE MURPHYSBORO PARK DISTRICT, ESTABLISHED 1907, PARTNERED WITH THE FEDERAL WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION TO BUILD THE RIVERSIDE BAND SHELL IN 1938-39. DESIGNED BY MURPHYSBORO ARCHITECT RUDOLPH Z. “POP” GILL, THE BAND SHELL REMAINS A MONUMENT TO THE ERA OF THE […]

The Douglass School Art Place

Murphysboro | Jackson County | Douglass School | Art Walk

900 Douglas Street Murphysboro, IL  (618) 687-3791   The Frederick Douglass School was Murphysboro Illinois’ segregated black elementary school from 1897-1966. Purchased in 1993 by art historian Gretel Chapman and glassblower Jan Thomas for development as an art place, “The Doug” offers studios for rent.  The Douglass Hot Shop opened with the new millennium in […]

John A. Logan Statue

Murphysboro | Art Walk | Logan

2125 Spruce Street Murphysboro, IL    This Logan piece is considered by some to be unofficially the smallest miscellaneous monument in the state. It is the only monument to a Civil War general that also honors his wife.   Facebook

Miranda’s Loom Fine Craft Studio and Gallery

Miranda's Loom | Murphysboro | Jackson County

1310 Walnut Street Murphysboro, Illinois Located at 1310 Walnut Street in Murphysboro, IL, Miranda’s Loom Fine Craft Studio & Gallery offers functional fine craft including fiber arts, pottery, turned wood, metals, jewelry, and more! The studio of Miranda’s Loom Handwovens is also on site. Miranda’s Loom is devoted to artful, mindful living by creating heirloom […]