Rusk is a city in Cherokee County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,551 at the 2010 census. It is thecounty seat of Cherokee County.
|Motto: "The Heart of East Texas"|
Location of Rusk, Texas
|Coordinates: 31°47′54″N 95°9′0″W|
The town was established by an act of the Texas legislature on April 11, 1846. It was named after Thomas Jefferson Rusk, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. By 1850, Rusk reportedly had 355 residents. A post office was authorized on March 8, 1847.
The City of Rusk is no longer dry; a beer and wine local option election passed on May 9, 2009.
Rusk is located at .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.8 square miles (18 km2), of which 6.8 square miles (18 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.29%) is water.
Rusk is about 150 miles north of Houston, 125 miles southeast of Dallas, 40 miles south of Tyler, 40 miles north of Lufkin and 30 miles east of Palestine.
Rusk is home to the Texas State Railroad, which has a steam engine train. The Heritage Center of Cherokee County & Cherokee Civic Theater are located in Rusk.
Jim Hogg Park, Rusk State Park, and Gourmet Gardens are in Rusk. The longest footbridge in the nation (circa 1861) and the longest zip line in Texas are located in Rusk.