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Or you can take a Ghost Walk Through Jefferson, a narrated tour past some of the city's supposedly haunted houses. Tours are given nightly.

If there is one can't-miss activity in the Jefferson area, it is a visit to Caddo Lake, which can be accessed by a state park about 20 minutes outside Jefferson, or by getting out on the water with a tour guide.

The huge lake is really a cypress swamp, with sloughs and bayous filling in around small islands and past moss-draped cypress trees. A nighttime tour with Caddo Outback is an experience that won't soon be forgotten.

For a tour of the Big Cypress Bayou, right alongside Jefferson's downtown, check out the Turning Basin River Boat Tour.

The Jefferson & Cypress Bayou Railway is an excursion train, a live steam, narrow gauge railway. The narrated tour follows a route along the Big Cypress Bayou for a 5-mile, half-hour round trip.

And more railway history: The Atalanta, the private rail car of 19th Century railroad magnate Jay Gould, sits on West Austin Street and is open for tours.

caddo lake The Jefferson Historical Society operates a museum on West Austin Street that contains four floors worth of antiques, documents and displays from Jefferson's past.

And the Texas History Museum is a great place for someone interested in historic maps and money. The museum holds more than 600 rare maps of Texas and the Southwest, and the largest collection there is of Texas' national bank notes and currency.

When it's time to grab a bite to eat, visitors find plenty of choices downtown. Among the favorite restaurants is Lamache's, an Italian eatery attached to the Jefferson Hotel. Diamond Bessie's Saloon & Steakhouse is a very well-known steakhouse (but we suggest the pecan-crusted chicken). For Mexican, try Licea's.

The Bakery is a restaurant representative of the laid-back, friendly atmosphere in Jefferson. There is a bakery counter with with pastries and cookies, but it's also a full-service, sit-down restaurant that is especially popular for breakfast.

For such a small town, Jefferson has a lot to offer.

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