Love's Lookout

Love's Lookout (HML6X)

Location: Jacksonville, TX 75766 Cherokee County
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N 32° 1.765', W 95° 16.757'

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On this nine mile long ridge there are two historic lookout points which command a view of 30 to 35 miles. Between this site, with an elevation of 713 ft., and Point Lookout (1/4 mi. NW), lies a narrow valley. An Indian trail and later a pioneer road crossed this valley. The pass became known as McKee's Gap in 1846, after Thomas McKee led a group of Presbyterians here from Tennessee and began the town of Larissa (3.5 mi NW). Named by McKee's son the Rev. T. N. McKee, the village flourished as the location of Larissa College from the 1850s until the 1870s. Point Lookout was a popular recreational area for citizens of Larissa until the railroad bypassed the town and it declined.

Around the turn of the century, John Wesley Love (1858-1925) bought this land and developed a 600-acre peach orchard. Known as Love's Lookout, the scenic point was used for outings by area residents. After Love's death, his family gave 22.22 acres, including the lookout site, to the state for a park. The city of Jacksonville bought 25 adjoining acres and developed both tracts as a WPA project.

J. L. Brown (1866-1944) and Jewel Newton Brown (1873-1966), former Larissa residents, gave the city 122 acres next to the park in 1940 in tribute to pioneers of Larissa.
HM NumberHML6X
Series This marker is part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series
Year Placed1978
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 7:49am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 284753 N 3545967
Decimal Degrees32.02941667, -95.27928333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 1.765', W 95° 16.757'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 1' 45.90" N, 95° 16' 45.42" W
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Area Code(s)903
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 130-206 Old Hwy 69, Jacksonville TX 75766, US
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