You'll be Red, White & Blue aboard the Historic Jefferson Railway
For a revolutionary July 4th weekend celebration, climb aboard an antique narrow-gauge train for an excursion that circles the historic Piney Woods along the scenic Big Cypress Bayou.
The Historic Jefferson Railway will offer a special July 4th weekend as the history of Independence Day unfolds in the narrated day tours on Saturday at 1:30 and 3:30. Come see the Support Our Troops displaythathonors the United States Military. The evening ghost train at 9:00 pm on Saturday will provide something special for its passengers -- a fantastic fireworks show!
You will view a Confederate Powder Magazine along the five-mile, 40-minute tour, as well as the historical ruins from the 1800's of the Clark and Boice Sawmill and the first iron foundry in East Texas.
You'll be red, white and blue when you join the party for free ghost stories at the "haunted" railway depot at 8:00 on Saturday evening. Then jump on the Ghost Train that carries you deep through the dark woods along the Bayou, sharing tales that will make you reach for your loved ones! Everyone loves a fireworks show, which will be part of the Ghost Train for this special event weekend.
Jefferson Salutes American on Friday, July 4th, beginning at 6:00 pm at Otstott Park in Downtown Jefferson, including musical entertainment, children's games and parade; pie and cake auction. Be sure to stay for the Fireworks Display at 9:30. The Historic Jefferson Railway will suspend its Friday evening train to allow everyone to participate in the City activities.
Union Pacific recognizes Jefferson in their "Train Town USA" registry, so make it a full train weekend in Jefferson by including a visit to the R.D. Moses T & P Model Railroad Museum and touring Jay Gould's "Atalanta" private railroad car. Bring the RV or tent camp at the Diamond Don RV Park, just one mile from downtown Jefferson. Sites available along the Big Cypress Bayou and a perfect view of the fireworks show, which will be performed at the RV Park along the train tracks.
Bigfoot (also known in these parts as the Boggy Creek monster) has been sighted running along the railroad tracks as the sun begins to set. Is the tale of the Bigfoot sightings fact or fiction?
The Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy website says "Jerry Hestand, Mark Porter and Charles DeVore investigated a number of cases in Marion County from reliable trustworthy people in or near these remote bottomlands. It is their assessment that it seems highly likely that events have been reported accurately".
The train rolls right by the home of the Boggy Creek monster as depicted in the horror movie, "Boggy Creek", filmed in Jefferson and Uncertain. The movie is loosely based on the old Big Foot or Sasquatch legends, says Brian T. Jaynes, director and producer.
So, are the sightings real or a spoof to enhance your rider experience? You'll have to ride the train to find out!
The Railway is a part of the thriving community of Jefferson sponsoring major events throughout the year. Visitors look forward all year to Route 49 Biker Rally, Diamond Don's Riverport National Vintage Motocross in April, The Great Locomotive Chase, Navy Battle & Civil War Living History and Jefferson Train Days in May, Jefferson Salutes the Cowboy in July, Runaway Fright Train in October and the Rail of Lights Christmas and New Year's train in November and December.
Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas and seems frozen in time. It is a charming town and an elegant reminder of a bygone era. There are over a hundred buildings in the city with historical markers. Many historic homes offer bed and breakfast accommodations. Dozens of other historic buildings house museums, craft and antique shops and restaurants.
July 5, 2014, Schedule and Fares
Adults, $12, Children under 12 $10
Lap children free. Fees plus tax
Active Military & Seniors receive 10% off
July 4th -- Closed
Depot opens at noon
1:30 & 3:30 Narrated Day Tours
8:00 FREE Jefferson Ghost Stories
9:00 Ghost Train & FIREWORKS
9:00 Ghost Train & FIREWORKS
Come join us for Jefferson Ghost Stories at
the "haunted" train depot.
And IT'S FREE!
400 E. Austin