Hazlehurst, Mississippi

Copiah County

Population:   1579 in 1900

                     2056 in 1910

                     1762 in 1920

                     3124 in 1940

                     3397 in 1950

                     3400 in 1960

Town incorporated:  9-21-1859

Post office:  7-6-1858 to present

Railroads: NOJ&GN- CStL&NO- IC- ICG- IC- CN


Next Town North- Gallman


Milepost 762.5

(from Chicago, IL)

Old Milepost 149.46

(from New Orleans)


Next Town South- Martinsville

 Google Earth file of Hazlehurst based on 1943 Sanborn Map here


soil survey map


1964 USGS topo map

HISTORY by Tony Howe: 

Hazlehurst was founded when the New Orleans Jackson & Great Northern Railroad built through here in the 1850's. It was named after George Hazlehurst, chief engineer with the railroad. 


Hazlehurst Compress & Manufacturing Co.- existed 1887 to 1930's

Hazlehurst Oil Mill & Fertilizer Co.- established 1890, fertilizer factory added 1902, closed in 1950's

Merchants Grocery Co.- 1907-? now gone

Hazlehurst Water & Light Plant- 1902-present

Hazlehurst Box Factory- established by 1910, later to Southern Package Corp.





View looking north at Hazlehurst in August 1982 shows the old depot on the right and the newer depot built in 1925 on the left. 


BUSINESSES (per R.G. Dun & Co.)- 






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