McLaurin, Mississippi

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McLaurin, Mississippi
McLaurin is located in Mississippi
McLaurin
McLaurin
Location within the state of Mississippi
Coordinates: 31°10′05″N 89°13′2″W / 31.16806°N 89.21722°W / 31.16806; -89.21722Coordinates: 31°10′05″N 89°13′2″W / 31.16806°N 89.21722°W / 31.16806; -89.21722
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyForrest
Elevation
354 ft (108 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
GNIS feature ID693929[1]

McLaurin is a small unincorporated community in Forrest County, Mississippi.[1]

History[edit]

The town of McLaurin is named for General McLaurin, who was also the first president of the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad.[2] At one time, McLaurin was the site of the largest sawmill in the country, becoming an important shipping site for masonite and pulp wood; the manager of the first sawmill in the area, Jim Barron, is buried in McLaurin Cemetery.

The population in 1900 was 300.[3]

A historic landing field for aircraft is located south of the settlement.[4]

Education[edit]

  • Forrest County Agricultural High School
  • South Forrest Elementary School

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

McLaurin is served by U.S. Route 49, a north-south corridor that runs through Arkansas and Mississippi.

Places of worship[edit]

  • McLaurin United Methodist Church
  • Morning Star Church
  • Old Enon Church
  • First Baptist Church of McLaurin

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: McLaurin
  2. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 194.
  3. ^ Rowland, Dunbar (1907). Mississippi: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form. 2. Southern Historical Publishing Association. p. 188.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: McLaurin Landing Field (historical)