Additional Statementsby Senator Roy Blunt
Posted on 2014-01-06
BLUNT. Mr. President, today I wish to recognize Jackson,
MO, as it celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2014. Jackson is a proud
community with a long history of hard work and an unmistakable spirit
Founded in 1814, Jackson is the county seat of Cape Girardeau County in southeast Missouri. With only 300 residents at its founding, the town still supported five stores, two shoemakers, and a tannery--a thriving hub for the time. Jackson's growth has been slow and steady, but stable. Today, nearly 14,000 people live and work in Jackson.
As it embarks on its 200th year, Jackson is one of the fastest growing communities in Missouri. Its city slogan, `The City of Beautiful Homes, Churches, and Schools,' aptly represents a community committed to progress and improvement. In 2009, Money Magazine named Jackson 59th on its list of best small towns in the United States. With the many thousands of small towns across our country, this is a considerable distinction--although, to be sure, Jackson is worthy of a spot much higher.
Jackson's small town feel makes it a great place to call home. The citizens come together for events ranging from the annual Independence Day celebration in the city park, to its [[Page S19]] Homecomers event in historic uptown, to cheering for their hometown teams under the Friday night lights of football games. There are numerous other activities to keep Jackson residents busy; building families and friendships is at the core of each.
The city of Jackson's officials and citizens should take pride in the core values of the community they call home on its 200th anniversary. Please join me in saluting Jackson, MO, as it celebrates this milestone.