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Hattiesburg in Forrest County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Hattiesburg

The Hub City

 

—Centennial of Hattiesburg —

 
Centennial of Hattiesburg Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, January 22, 2011
1. Centennial of Hattiesburg Monument
Inscription.
[West Side]
Formerly Choctaw Territory and later claimed by France, Britain, Spain and United States, this area entered by settlers in early 1800s and known as Ewin Forks, later Gordonville. Chosen as rail center by Captain William H. Hardy in 1880 and later renamed Hattiesburg after his wife, Hattie Lott.

Incorporated in 1884, the city grew as rail, timber and mercantile hub of south Mississippi, becoming major center of yellow pine industry and by 1911, state's fourth largest city.

Important during both WWI and WWII as location of Camp Shelby, postwar development has enhanced Hattiesburg as educational, medical, mercantile, financial and cultural center of south Mississippi.

[East Side]
"...I was returning from the trip and had reached the banks of a beautiful piney woods stream...during July or perhaps August 1882.

"...I then and there determined to locate a station here because it was the place where the line from the Gulf Coast would cross the New Orleans and Northeastern. I also decided to name the place Hattiesburg for my wife Hattie." -- William H. Hardy

[North Side]
Erected to Commemorate
The Centennial of Hattiesburg
1982
City of Hattiesburg
Bobby L. Chain, Mayor
W.U. Sigler, Commissioner
G.D.
Centennial of Hattiesburg Monument<br>West Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, January 22, 2011
2. Centennial of Hattiesburg Monument
West Inscription
Williamson, Commissioner


Monument Committee R. Web Heidelberg, Chmn.
Alvin Faton
Wiley Fairchild
G. Leighton Lewis
Aubrey K. Lucas
Paul W. McMullan
Bobby Reed Sigrest
David B. Wilson
Columbus Marble Works • Columbus, Mississippi

 
Erected 1982.
 
Location. 31° 19.483′ N, 89° 17.55′ W. Marker is in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in Forrest County. Marker is at the intersection of Hardy Street and East Pine Street (U.S. 11), in the median on Hardy Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hattiesburg MS 39401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Harris Hardy (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Federal Building (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named William Harris Hardy (about 700 feet away); Forrest County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); McLeod House (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans of All Wars Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Hattiesburg High School (approx.
Centennial of Hattiesburg Monument<br>East Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, January 22, 2011
3. Centennial of Hattiesburg Monument
East Inscription
0.4 miles away); William Carey College (approx. 2 miles away); Hub City Lodge No 627 (approx. 2.8 miles away); Dixie School Log Cabin (approx. 7.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hattiesburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. City of Hattiesburg. With a population of nearly 50,000 and the fourth largest city in the state, Hattiesburg is centrally located less than 90 minutes from New Orleans and Mobile, the Gulf Coast and Jackson, Mississippi. (Submitted on August 28, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Hattiesburg is a city in Mississippi, bisected between Forrest County (where it is the county seat) and Lamar County. (Submitted on August 28, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. William H. Hardy. William H. Hardy (1837—1917) founded the cities of Hattiesburg and Laurel, Mississippi, and co-founded the city of Gulfport, Mississippi. (Submitted on August 28, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Centennial of Hattiesburg Monument<br>North Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, January 22, 2011
4. Centennial of Hattiesburg Monument
North Inscription
Centennial of Hattiesburg Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, January 22, 2011
5. Centennial of Hattiesburg Monument
Centennial of Hattiesburg Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, January 22, 2011
6. Centennial of Hattiesburg Monument
Captain William H. Hardy<br>1837—1917 image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
7. Captain William H. Hardy
1837—1917
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 389 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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