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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Hometown Mississippi: Amite County

This blog post originally appeared 10/17/07.

This installment of interesting Mississippi place names comes from Amite County, Mississippi.

Established c. 1891, "Bewelcome...was for many years a wide-awake little village, in which school, church, and singings provided a means of enjoyable recreation" (13).

Busy Corner
Obviously, this place was just a busy corner 10.5 miles from Liberty.

Dot was obviously named for its diminutive size. The postmaster kept all the mail, unsorted, in a dresser drawer. Dot became extinct in 1920 when Postmaster Huff closed his drawer for the last time.

Eleven Mile
The town, which was created in 1903 and became extinct in 1921, was 11 miles to the west of McComb.

Contrary to what you might think, this community derives its name from a local farmer, Thomas P. Street.

As perhaps an apology for her horrible name, Dr. Hiram K. Butler named this settlement after his daughter in 1902.

Brieger, James F. Hometown Mississippi. 1980.

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