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"Cool Papa" Bell Marker at the McKee Park baseball fields. image, Touch for more information
By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2019
"Cool Papa" Bell Marker at the McKee Park baseball fields.
Mississippi (Oktibbeha County), Starkville — "Cool Papa" Bell
James "Cool Papa" Bell (1901-1991) was born in Starkville. Renowned as the fastest man to ever play baseball. During his career (1922-1950), Bell played for or managed teams primarily in the Negro Leagues. In his career, Bell never hit below .300. . . . — Map (db m140782) HM
Mississippi (Oktibbeha County), Starkville — First Baptist Church
Organized July 28, 1839. Thirteen original members, one a slave. Used as a Confederate hospital during War Between the States. L. S. Foster, founder of Mississippi Baptist Orphanage, ordained here. General Stephen D. Lee, first president of A. & M. . . . — Map (db m140704) HM
Mississippi (Oktibbeha County), Starkville — 426 — First Presbyterian Church American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site
On May 6, 1821, seven local citizens, including Rev. Cyrus Kingsbury, established the Mayhew Church in the area known as Mayhew Mission. This congregation was received into the Tombeckbee Presbytery in 1829 and moved to Starkville in 1834. The first . . . — Map (db m121845) HM
Mississippi (Oktibbeha County), Starkville — Greensboro Street Historic District
This historic district, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, contains thirty historically and architecturally significant structures built along Old Greensboro Road from 1865 to 1930. Residents have included a university . . . — Map (db m51624) HM
Mississippi (Oktibbeha County), Starkville — Grierson's Raid
During the Vicksburg Campaign, a Union cavalry raid led by Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson moved from LaGrange, Tennessee, toward the Southern Railroad at Newton, Mississippi. On the afternoon of April 21, 1863, Grierson's cavalrymen rode into . . . — Map (db m102566) HM
Mississippi (Oktibbeha County), Starkville — Hic A Sha Ba Ha Spring
Methodist circuit rider Jacob Matthews conducted this area's first Methodist worship service near this site in 1834. The first meeting, held in a grove of sweet gum trees next to a spring known by the Choctaw Indians as Hicashabaha, led to the . . . — Map (db m51617) HM
Mississippi (Oktibbeha County), Starkville — Louisville Street Cemetery
Also known as the Old Presbyterian Cemetery, this cemetery was established in 1834 and contains approximately forty nine graves. Among those buried here are Dr. Araunah Bardwell and David Ames. Bardwell came to the area as a member of the Mayhew . . . — Map (db m140703) HM
Mississippi (Oktibbeha County), Starkville — Nash Street Historic District
This neighborhood was Starkville's first subdivision. Most of these houses were built between 1932 and 1939 during the Great Depression. Houses in the block-long historic district are of Tudor Revival, Craftsman, and Colonial Revival styles. . . . — Map (db m102652) HM
Mississippi (Oktibbeha County), Starkville — Needmore Community
The Needmore Community, one of Starkville's earliest African American neighborhoods, was first settled in the late 1800s with the construction of the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad. Having a number of homes, churches and businesses, Needmore was . . . — Map (db m140762) HM
Mississippi (Oktibbeha County), Starkville — Odd Fellows Cemetery
One of the oldest black cemeteries in Mississippi. Here are buried many who made significant contributions to the growth of Mississippi and the advancement of the black race. Restoration begun 1975. — Map (db m140702) HM
Mississippi (Oktibbeha County), Starkville — 146 — Oktibbeha County Blues
Front Oktibbeha County has produced several blues artists who achieved fame for their recordings and live performances in Chicago, California, or other areas. Blues Hall of Famer Big Joe Williams (c. 1903-1982), who waxed the classic . . . — Map (db m102869) HM
Mississippi (Oktibbeha County), Starkville — Overstreet School District
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1992, the Overstreet School Historic District is representative of Starkville's development from 1870 to 1940. The focal point of the district is the Overstreet Elementary School, originally . . . — Map (db m140761) HM
Mississippi (Oktibbeha County), Starkville — Starkville
Established as Boardtown in 1831, this was among the first settlements in this area. In 1837 the town received its charter and was renamed Starkville, in honor of Revolutionary War general John Stark. The same year Starkville became the county seat . . . — Map (db m102640) HM
Mississippi (Oktibbeha County), Starkville — The Borden Milk Plant
The Borden Company opened this milk condensing plant in April 1926. The plant helped bring over 1,200 dairy farm and milk distributing operations to Oktibbeha County. The plant closed in 2005, and the property was sold in 2009. Following extensive . . . — Map (db m102644) HM
Mississippi (Oktibbeha County), Starkville — W.H. "Corn Club" Smith
Eminent educator & agriculturist. Pres. of Miss. State U. & first Pres. of USM. Served as State Rural School Supervisor & State Supt. of Ed. Founded first Boys Corn Club in 1907, forerunner of 4-H & FFA Clubs. — Map (db m51201) HM

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