Ackerman, Mississippi

Choctaw County

Population: 1900- 705

                    1910- 1398

                    1920- 1264

                    1930- 1169 

                    1940- 1528

Town incorporated:  2-16-1884

Post office: July 18, 1883 to present

Railroads: MJ&KC- NOM&C- GM&N- GM&O

CA&N- CStL&NO- IC- ICG- G&M- Midsouth- KCS

GM&N Next Town North- Williams

IC Next Town Northeast- Tuscan

 

 IC Milepost 50.22

(from Aberdeen Jct. (S. Durant)

GM&N Milepost 237.4 in 1905

(from Mobile)

 

GM&N Next Town South- Tollison

IC Next Town Southwest- Fentress

1920 soil survey map

1972 USGS topo map

1916 Valuation map      click map for larger version     Richard Spencer Collection

1916 Valuation map      click map for larger version     Richard Spencer Collection

1916 Valuation map      click map for larger version     Richard Spencer Collection

Illinois Central depot area

1917 Valuation Map          click map for larger version      David Bridges Collection

1917 Valuation Map          click map for larger version      David Bridges Collection

HISTORY by Tony Howe: 

The second railroad through Ackerman was completed in 1904-05 through Pontotoc, Houston, Ackerman and Louisville by the Gulf & Chicago Railroad, which was controlled by the Mobile Jackson & Kansas City RR until the two railroads merged on December 1, 1909 to form the New Orleans Mobile & Chicago Railroad. This railroad was reorganized on January 1, 1917 to become the Gulf Mobile & Northern Railroad.   This railroad, in turn, merged with the Mobile & Ohio on September 13, 1940 to form the Gulf Mobile & Ohio Railroad. This railroad operated until it was merged with the Illinois Central Railroad on August 10, 1972 to form Illinois Central Gulf RR. The remainder of the former GM&O lines in Mississippi was sold off by ICG to the newly formed Gulf & Mississippi Railroad on July 10, 1985. Gulf & Mississippi RR was bought by Midsouth Rail on April 14, 1988, which was then bought by Kansas City Southern RR in 1994. KCS continues to operate the line between Ackerman and Newton today. ICG received permission to abandon the railroad from Woodland to Ackerman on December 14, 1981, and was officially abandoned on March 1, 1982. 

INDUSTRY (per Dun & Bradstreet)-

1907 photo of MJ&KC ten-wheeler No. 75 in front of the Ackerman depot. From GM&N News

 

Illinois Central depot in Ackerman in 1917. 

By the 1970's, ICG had replaced the IC depot with this small building. 

IC 2-8-2 1592 westbound approaching the water tank at Ackerman, MS about 1954.

After taking water, 1592 pulls away from the water tank and crosses the GM&O at Ackerman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUSINESSES (per R.G. Dun & Co.)- 

John Adams, general store and mill 1900

Gus Bains & Co., hardware 1900

Barron & Naugle, general store 1900

I. M. Berman, D. G. and shoes 1900

Lee Black, general store 1900

A. Blanton (near), general store 1900

Blumenfield & Fried, general store 1900

E. E. Buck, drugs & grocery 1900

James P. Cagle, blacksmith 1900

E. Childress, grist mill & gin 1900

L. T. Gaines, general store (also McCool) 1900

M. Gayarre, grocery 1900

Grenada Bank (Ackerman Branch), 1900

W. A. Hanna & Co., general store 1900

J. W. Harmon, general store 1900

J. M. Harris, job printer 1900

H. A. Hearon, Jr., buggies 1900

H. A. Hearon, Sr., hotel 1900

W. T. Hunt, general store 1900

J. Kolb, general store 1900

T. F. McGee (near), mill & farming 1900

Frank Micon, general store & restaurant 1900

B. H. Paslay & Co., drugs 1900

J. L. Power, blacksmith 1900

Dr. R. K. Prewett, drugs 1900

D. H. Quinn, general store 1900

R. E. Quinn, general store 1900

W. W. Riley, furn. & undertaker 1900

Seward & Co., general store 1900

Seward & Gaston, fertilizers 1900

Thomas & Childress, restaurant 1900

Mrs. M. M. Tomlinson & Co., hotel & millinery 1900

Moses Traub, general store 1900

A. L. Weeks & Co., grocery 1900

Lewis Yeager & Son, livery 1900

 

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