JACKSON COUNTY

General Info

First inhabited by Winnebago Indians, Jackson County was organized from LaCrosse County in 1853 and named in honor of President Andrew Jackson. Ample timber resources attracted lumbermen and settlements began to form. Many settlers were farmers, harvesting cranberries and strawberries. As the railroad was established, Jackson County continued to thrive. Black River Falls was selected as the county seat and by 1900 the population of Jackson County had reached 17,466. The Jackson County Forest now makes up almost one third of Jackson County, providing an assortment of recreational activities. Today Jackson County is home to approximately 19,904 residents.