Louisiana has the most colorful history of any state and of many countries. Beginning long before the Louisiana Purchase, our state took shape in prehistoric times. We have had a past of many battles, on the battlefield and in the political arena. Louisiana's architecture is a lasting impression of French and Spanish rule. Today, there are many reminders of the past in our museums, plantations, historic sites and attractions.
The family spirit of Jonesboro seems to shine most brightly during the holiday season when millions of tiny Christmas lights transform downtown into what locals have dubbed "Christmas Wonderland in the Pines." A community parade is held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and visitors will find carriage rides and audiences with Santa each evening during the season. Jonesboro is also known for the family legacy of the "singing Governor,” the late Jimmie Davis, who penned the official state song, You Are My Sunshine. During his life, Davis returned to Jonesboro for a homecoming party each year; it is a tradition still honored with a Southern revival-style gathering on the last Sunday of October at the Jimmie Davis Tabernacle, built on the site of his family home. His memory is also honored at nearby Jimmie Davis State Park where outdoor activities abound and the Big Bass Tournament is held each June.