Jax is an exciting place to be. To make it more thrilling, here are some fun facts and trivia about this wonderful city.
Jacksonville was named after the seventh U.S. President, Andrew Jackson who was also the first military governor of the Florida Territory.
It’s the largest city in Florida and the 14th largest city in the U.S. according to population.
It’s the home to the largest Filipino-American community in Florida.
The Ritz Theater which was built in 1929, is a sanctuary for African-American culture. Ray Charles played the piano there when he was younger.
Jacksonville Jazz Festival is the second-largest jazz festival in the U.S.
Kona Skatepark which is the oldest skate park in the U.S. is located in Jax.
The Dames Point Bridge was considered to be the longest cable-supported concrete bridge when it was completed in 1989.
It’s also the birthplace of Don Estridge, the father of the personal computer.
Before there was Hollywood, Jax was known as “The Winter Film Capital of the World” in the 1910s.
The monster movie, “ The Creature From The Black Lagoon” was shot in Jax.
Jax is located on the banks of the St. Johns River which is the longest in the state.
Originally, it was called “Cowford” because of the cattle herded across the St. Johns River.
Jacksonville’s Florida Theater which opened in 1927 is one of the remaining high-tyle movie palaces in Florida. It hosts 200 entertainment events annually.
“The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” is held in Jax annually which is a yearly college football game between rivals: the University of Florida Gators and the University of Georgia Bulldogs.