Monday, February 9, 2015

Ghost Town - Inwood, Mississippi

Inwood is a ghost town located in Sunflower County, Mississippi, on Mississippi Highway 3.

Inwood was a station on the Yazoo Delta Railroad (the "Yellow Dog"), established between Moorhead and Ruleville during the 1890s.

All that remains of Inwood is a sign on Highway 3 depicting the founding date of 1887

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Brewton, MS

Brewton is a Ghost town in Jackson County.

In the early 19th century, settlers were attracted to Brewer’s Bluff (Brewton) in Jackson County because of its high elevation, just west of the Pascagoula River.

The name was derived from a Brewer family that obtained the property through a Spanish land grant.

In 1816, Brewer’s Bluff was selected as the county seat of Jackson County, with construction of a courthouse and jail around 1820.
By 1826, Brewer’s Bluff had not met expectations because of its remote location, and the county seat was moved east of the Pascagoula River.

Over the years, Brewer’s Bluff passed through several owners and became known as Rice’s Bluff, where a turpentine still operated just before the American Civil War.

In the late 19th century, Brewton prospered as a sawmill town, converting trees from the virgin pine forests into lumber.
Besides the sawmill, Brewton had houses, a church, a school, a hotel, and a post office.

Owners of the sawmill selected the name Klondike in hopes of improving their fortune, but the name did not stick.
Ownership of the sawmill changed several times, but bad luck plagued the mill and it burned twice.
Once the virgin timber was gone, residents of Brewton had no reason to stay.

Early in the 20th century, the L.N. Dantzler Lumber Company acquired the property, and the houses and other buildings, that were part of Brewton, collapsed from disrepair.

The name changed once again and the area became known as White’s Camp.

Road leading to Brewton is closed with Do NOT Tresspass signs all over.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Petal Mississippi

Petal is a city in Forrest County, Mississippi, along the Leaf River. It is part of the Hattiesburg, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 10,454 in the 2010 census.
The International Checker Hall of Fame was located in Petal until September 29, 2007 when 20,000 sq. ft. of the 35,000 sq. ft. building caught fire.

On June 23, 2004, Sports Illustrated entitled Petal as "Sports Illustrated Sportstown for Mississippi".

The City of Petal is served by the Petal School District. The district has level 6 rated schools from K thru 12. Many parents are attracted to Petal for this reason.

The first postmaster of Petal was Irving A. Polk.
The post office was established in 1903 and was named after the postmaster's daughter.

It is the only city in the U.S. with this name.

Petal separated from the city of Hattiesburg on April 4, 1974. Petal was a community filled with farmers. This is slowly changing with new businesses coming into the city.

Here is their website. PETAL

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kiln, Mississippi

Kiln is part of the Gulfport–Biloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,040 at the 2000 census.
Kiln is referred to locally as "the Kiln", with the "n" silent.

Kiln takes its name from the many kilns once found in the area that served the timber industry. During the boom years, Kiln was home to many timber mills, a hotel, and a hospital. The Jordan River Lumber Company was one of the major local employers.

"The Jordan River Lumber Company was incorporated in South Dakota in January 1913, and domiciled at Kiln, Hancock County, MS.
In January 1913, the company purchased the mill of W. W. Carre Company, Ltd., at Kiln, on the Jourdon River.
The original mill burned and was replaced in 1914 with a new mill with a cutting capacity of 150,000 feet (46,000 m) per day.

In 1922, the mills in Kiln and Lumberton were consolidated at Barth, MS.
In February 1930, the mill cut out and was dismantled."

A few older structures remain, including Annunciation Catholic Church and the original post office (later Curet's Grocery), which has since been turned into a lawnmower repair shop.

Kiln is known as the hometown of NFL quarterback Brett Favre; he attended Hancock North Central High School in Kiln.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Tornado Watches Issued for Four Southern States

Severe storms packing strong winds struck the South on Monday morning, putting parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Florida at risk for tornadoes.
A 9-year-old girl in Mississippi was believed to have been swept away in a flash flood.

Seven people suffered injuries resulting from a tornado in Covington County, Miss., the state emergency management agency said.

Half of the state was under a flood warning, flood watch or tornado warning through Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The young girl disappeared in Yazoo County, north of Jackson, after she was spotted playing in the floodwater at the backdoor of her home.

The child was last seen at 7 p.m. on Sunday night and crews searched until past midnight.
The search resumed and widened on Monday, and reportedly the girl cannot swim.

On Monday morning, nearly 3,000 customers in Mississippi were without power due to the tumultuous weather, according to electric companies.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Raining Buckets!

Yesterday we had heavy rain most of the day.

Many roads flooded, our backyard was retaining water and our front road was almost completely under water.

See more here,

Rain in South Mississippi