Below are links to individual pages on each town in Mississippi that was located on a railroad. The idea behind these pages was inspired by James Brieger's book, "Hometown Mississippi" published many years ago. While Brieger's book is an excellent and much-needed reference, information available at the time (1980) was limited when it came to railroad and industrial history. Since then, much research has been done by many individuals in these two areas, and much more remains to be done. These pages are a way to expand on Brieger's research and hopefully others will contribute to them to make the story of Mississippi's small towns more complete, accurate, and interesting. While the focus will be railroad and industrial development, I will try to provide at least a brief history of each location and include any and all old photographs we can come up with to illustrate each location, as well as recent photographs of what remains (or sadly what doesn't remain) of each town. Due to the enormity of the project, I will focus more on the smaller towns, as such an in-depth study of larger cities such as Jackson or Meridian would be almost overwhelming for one person. I will still try to cover the railroad and industrial history of these larger towns, as well. Many sources were used in the research. Dun & Bradstreet (and predecessor R. G. Dun & Co.) Mercantile listings kindly provided by Rev. John Sharp provide an invaluable look at every business and industry in each town in the state for each year. These were published every month. We have at least one for every year from 1868 to 1928, and will slowly add this info to each page. It will take a while, as it is a very time-consuming process. Additional courthouse research will be necessary to verify these listings and perhaps provide exact locations and additional information. Certain benchmarks in a towns growth, such as when a post office was operated and when a town was incorporated will be used. ICC valuation maps, railroad blueprints, railroad timetables, courthouse records, Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, soil survey maps, and USGS topographic maps will be used extensively. These maps will also be used to create Google Earth overlays to illustrate the changes in each town over the years and provide a frame of reference in the current landscape to accurately locate where things used to be. Hopefully those of you with old photographs, postcards and stories will provide much-needed help along the way (please!!).