Meridian, Mississippi

Lauderdale County

Population: 

Town incorporated:  2-10-1860

Post office: 

Railroads: Southern RR of MS- V&M- A&V- Y&MV- IC- ICG- Midsouth- KCS

 NO&NE- SOU- NS

                  

AGS Next Town North- Russell

M&O Next Town North- Marion

 

M&O Milepost 135.27 

(from Mobile, Ala.)

A&V Milepost 0

NO&NE Milepost 0

(from Meridian)

M&O Next Town South- Okatibbee

A&V Next Town West- Shops

NO&NE Next Town South- Shops

 

soil survey map

 

1964 USGS topo map

HISTORY by Tony Howe: Richard McLemore first settled here in 1831 from South Carolina. When the Vicksburg & Meridian RR and Mobile & Ohio RR met here, McLemore sold his land to L. A. Ragsdale and J. T. Ball, who built a one-room depot, calling the new junction Meridian in 1854. After the Civil War, Meridian quickly grew as a railroad town, and the county seat was moved here from Marion in 1870. 

INDUSTRY -

Meridian Union Station in 1938. 

 

M&O coaling tower in 1916

 

 

M&O freight station in 1916

M&O freight station in 1916

M&O machine shop in 1916

M&O storage building next to roundhouse in 1916

M&O roundhouse in 1916

M&O scale house in 1916

M&O water tower in 1916

GM&O freight house next to 22nd Ave. about 1979.

Former GM&O engine facilities in 1990. 

Former GM&O engine terminal in 1990.

Former GM&O turntable at Meridian in 1990. It is now gone. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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