Magee in Simpson County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Magee - McNair Springs
— Simpson County Heritage Trail —
McNair Springs and its associated waterways are central to the history of Magee. The beginnings of Magee date to 1840, when Willie Magee built his gristmill on Little Goodwater Creek. Early in the 1900s, the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad built a fine hotel at the springs, equipped with its own water works and spring-fed pools. In addition, a bottled water manufacturing plant was built around the same time. When the Sanatorium was built, McNair Springs supplied it, as well as the town of Magee, with drinking water.
Today, McNair Springs is the center of a park built by the City of Magee. Although no longer supplying drinking water to Sanatorium or Magee, the spring still produces approximately 400 gallons of clear spring
From the Columns of Bee King
The Simpson County News
[Today, several highways, including U. S. Highway 49, serve Simpson County. In the earlier days, the county's many waterways served as "highways."]
Erected by the Simpson County Development Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
Location. 31° 52.432′ N, 89° 44.007′ W. Marker is in Magee, Mississippi, in Simpson County. Marker is on 1st Avenue NW north of Choctaw Street, on the right when traveling north. Located in front of the Magee Community House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 1st Avenue NW, Magee MS 39111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Magee (here, next to this marker); Simpson County Veterans Monument (a few steps from this marker); Sanatorium (approx. 2.9 miles away); Weathersby and Choctaw Heritage (approx. 7.3 miles away); Mendenhall (approx. 10.1 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on February 28, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 290 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 28, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.