The county of Rusk, located east of the Texas state, was established and organized in 1843 and was named after Thomas Jefferson Rusk, a war secretary of the Republic of Texas. This county has been economically dependent on its farming, ranching, oil, gas, lignite mining, and electricity generation industries; beef cattle, poultry, forage, and nursery plants were its major agricultural products. It also features interesting historical and recreational sites from the Rusk Footbridge to the Birmingham Forest Golf Club. Rusk County is home to the Bluegrass Music Festival which is held every July. You can also find various food selections such as barbecue, burgers, pizza, seafood, and more in this county.