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Named after Thomas Jefferson Rusk, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, the town is the birthplace of James Stephen Hogg and Thomas Mitchell Campbell, who were the first and second native-born Texans to serve as governor. Visit the hiking trails and picnic sites at historic Butler Park. Enjoy nine holes at Birmingham Forest Golf Course (903/683-9518). See a 1939 mural by Bernard Burch Zacheim in the post office lobby. A historical marker gives details about the Old Rusk Penitentiary Building (www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhhospitals/RuskSH/RSH_About.shtm).