Thelma, Mississippi

Chickasaw County


Town incorporated:  no

Post office: 4-30-1900 to 4-15-1907

Railroads: MJ&KC- NOM&C- GM&N- GM&O

Next Town North- Fitzpatrick



Milepost 288 on valuation map

(from Mobile)


Next Town South- Houston

1915 soil survey map


1964 USGS topo map

HISTORY by Tony Howe: 

Thelma had a post office from 1900 to 1907, but there never was much of a town here. 

In 1905-06, the railroad was built through here on its way from Pontotoc to 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 to the newly formed Gulf & Mississippi Railroad on July 10, 1985, who abandoned the railroad from Houston to Woodland shortly afterwards. Gulf & Mississippi RR was bought by Midsouth Rail on April 14, 1988, which was then bought by Kansas City Southern RR in 1994. In 1998, KCS sold the line from Houston to Middleton TN to North American Railnet, Inc., who formed the Mississippi Tennessee Railnet to operate the line. In 2003, Mississippi-Tennessee Railnet was sold to Ironhorse Resources, Inc., who changed the name to Mississippi Tennessee Railroad. In 2004, this company filed to abandon 43.2 miles of track from New Albany to Houston. The track was removed and a recreational trail, known as the "Tanglefoot Trail" is being built on the right-of-way. 


none known

probably a small sawmill at one time

1917 ICC Valuation Map         click map for larger version               David Bridges Collection














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