Long ago, at the place where Jēkabpils originated, there was a location where goods carried down the Daugava River were unloaded from the boats and from there further transported along the banks of the river until Jaunjelgava.

Once, instead of Jēkabpils, there was the Salas tavern, where the exporters of goods would stay for the night. Soon a village of merchants formed around the tavern. But let the legend tell you the story about how this village turned into Jēkabpils.

One day the Duke of Kurzeme went hunting. He wandered long and far through the forests of his dukedom, but had no luck in hunting. Then the Duke arrived at the banks of the Daugava River. Suddenly, as if out of nowhere, he spotted a lynx under a thick spruce tree. The Duke hunted it down. And only then did he notice that a small town was located nearby. It was the village of Salas tavern. "In honour of my kill, I will name this village after myself – Jēkabpils – and may the emblem of this village have a lynx in it!" declared the Duke. And that is how it happened. Other historians say the Duke shot a fox, but the drawing of the emblem had been so unclear that people later began to perceive it as a lynx. But one way or another, Jēkabpils has since 1670 been a real city with an emblem of a lynx and an eagle.

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