“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Pike County Mississippi Historical Markers

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By Cajun Scrambler, March 14, 2020
Lynyrd Skynyrd Crash Site Memorial
Mississippi (Pike County), Gillsburg — Lynyrd Skynyrd Crash Site Memorial
Panel 1 Pre Crash: Rise of the Simple Man

In 1964 Lynyrd Skynyrd began humbly in Jacksonville, Florida. The founding members jokingly named the band after a gym coach, Leonard Skinner. Eventually, after numerous police interruptions of . . . — Map (db m146841) HM

Mississippi (Pike County), Holmesville — Holmesville
Two mi. N. Named for Maj. A.H. Holmes; second county seat of Pike Co., 1816-1875. It declined when bypassed by railroad, 1857. Cemetery contains graves of Rev. War soldier Peter Quin and other early settlers. — Map (db m122616) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), Holmesville — Old Pike County Chancery Clerk's Office
Pike County was formed on December 9, 1815; carved out of Marion County. Her first Seat of Justice was located in the bustling community of Holmesville (Ratified by the Mississippi General Assembly n December 11, 1816). Situated on the Bogue . . . — Map (db m129213) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), Magnolia — Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865
During the Civil War, The Central House Hotel that was located near the railroad was converted to a hospital. When more than 200 soldiers died there from wounds or disease, they were buried here. Many of the men are unidentified. Civil War veterans . . . — Map (db m102961) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), Magnolia — Harper Baptist Seminary
Harper Baptist Seminary was organized here in 1941. The school's origin can be traced to Harper Baptist College, formerly located near Gloster in Amite County. Named in honor of Dr. Simon Harper, a former slave and community leader, the college was . . . — Map (db m102866) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), Magnolia — Pike County Courthouse
Pike County, named for Zebulon Pike, was organized in 1815. In 1875, the county seat was moved from Holmesville to Magnolia, and a courthouse was built the next year. All records were lost when the wood-frame building burned in 1881. Rebuilt in . . . — Map (db m49943) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), McComb — 23 — Bo Diddley
Front Acclaimed as the father of rock and roll, Bo Diddley (Ellas Bates McDaniel) was born near Magnolia, south of McComb, on December 30, 1928. Diddley wrote and recorded such hits as "I'm A Man", "Bo Diddley', "Say Man" and "I'm a . . . — Map (db m104326) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), McComb — 15 — C.C. Bryant — Mississippi Freedom Trail —
Side 1 Elected president of the Pike County branch of the NAACP in 1954, Curtis Conway Bryant (1917-2001) played a major role in early civil rights activism of southwest Mississippi. He campaigned to expand membership in the NAACP, led large . . . — Map (db m108990) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), McComb — Creation of Pike County
On December 9, 1815, the General Assembly of the Mississippi Territory created Pike County from a portion of Marion County and named the new county in honor of Brig. Gen. Zebulon M. Pike, who was killed in action during the War of 1812. The first . . . — Map (db m101510) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), McComb — Henry Quin Home
Built in 1811 by Henry Quin, son of early settlers, Peter and Judith Robinson Quin, and grandfather of Congressman Percy Quin. Nearby is first painted residence to be erected in Pike County. — Map (db m108943) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), McComb — McComb
Chartered 1872. Named for Col. H.S. McComb, I.C. Ry. president who established shops here. J.J.White Lumber Co. set-up 1893. McComb Female Inst., est. 1894, now Belhaven College. — Map (db m108901) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), McComb — 93 — Summit Street
Side A Summit Street was a thriving African American business district during the era of segregation, as well as a hotbed of musical activity. Blues, jazz, and rhythm & blues bands entertained at various nightclubs, cafes, and hotels, and . . . — Map (db m51528) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), McComb — War of 1812, Pike County
During the War of 1812, General William Carroll, en route to New Orleans, marched his Tennessee Militia through Pike County, crossed the Bogue Chitto River north of Holmesville and camped along Love's Creek. While returning from New Orleans via . . . — Map (db m101512) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), Osyka — 15 — T. Tommy Cutrer
Raised in Osyka, the versatile T. Tommy Cutrer succeeded as a country and gospel singer and instrumentalist and also as a businessman and politician, but his greatest fame came as a radio/television personality from the 1940s through the 1990s. As . . . — Map (db m51625) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), Pricedale — Bogue Chitto Church(Carter's Creek)
Formed 1812. At original site, 6 mi. W., first Miss. Baptist Convention organized, 1824, with 73 churches, 27 clergy, & 2,392 members lasting until 1829. — Map (db m122709) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), Summit — Col. Preston Brent
Home 3/4 mi. S.E. A doctor, he was organizer, from 1861 to 1863, of the Quitman Guards, Company K, 38th Regiment, at Holmesville, and the Brent Rifles, at Summit. — Map (db m122617) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), Summit — Felder Campground
Established in 1843 by eight founders at Gatlin's Camp Ground on the Bogue Chitto River, Felder Campground is among the oldest religious camp meeting sites in the United States. Also known as Otapasso or Topisaw, the camp meeting is named . . . — Map (db m122919) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), Summit — Grierson's Raid 1863
On the morning of April 30, 1963, Union Col. B.H. Grierson led the 6th and 7th Illinois Cavalry south on the New Orleans, Jackson and Greta Northern Railroad, burning the Bogue Chitto depot and a number of bridges, trestles, water towers, . . . — Map (db m117518) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), Summit — Mississippi Territory
Pike County was developed in an area which was originally occupied by the Chickasaw, Choctaw and Natchez Indians. The Otapasso tribe gave their name to the creek which is now named Topisaw. The region had been claimed successively by France, . . . — Map (db m127144) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), Summit — Peabody School
Here, in 1868, with aid of Peabody Fund, was set up Peabody Public School, first in South Mississippi, with Charles H. Otken as Supt. This school became a noted institution of learning. — Map (db m117343) HM

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May. 31, 2020