Perkinston, Mississippi

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Perkinston, Mississippi
Unincorporated community
The main campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is located in Perkinston, Mississippi
The main campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is located in Perkinston, Mississippi
Perkinston, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Perkinston, Mississippi
Perkinston, Mississippi
Coordinates: 30°46′56″N 89°8′17″W / 30.78222°N 89.13806°W / 30.78222; -89.13806Coordinates: 30°46′56″N 89°8′17″W / 30.78222°N 89.13806°W / 30.78222; -89.13806
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Stone
Elevation 135 ft (41 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) Area code 601
GNIS feature ID 675617[1]
Red Creek north of Perkinston

Perkinston is an unincorporated community in central Stone County, Mississippi, United States.[2] It is situated along U.S. Highway 49, approximately five miles south of Wiggins. The community is part of the GulfportBiloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Established in 1880, Perkinston is the oldest settlement in Stone County.[3]

The village is named for John C. Perkins (1840—1928), who homesteaded the area after serving in the Confederate Army.[4]

Abundant forests established timber and turpentine production as early industries.[5] The Perkinston community benefited from the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad, which was constructed through the village in the late 1890s. Beginning in 1911, Perkinston served mainly as a campus for the Harrison County Agricultural High School, which developed into Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.[6] Through time, the village had few commercial establishments, but did have a post office, general store, churches, and a gasoline service station.[7]

The WLOX TV Tower in Perkinston, a 402.1 m (1,319 ft) guyed mast tower, is listed as one of the tallest structures in the United States by height.

In 2005, a 250-ac (100-ha) ATV park opened west of Perkinston.[8]

Education[edit]

  • The Perkinston community is served by the Stone County School District.
  • The main campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is located in Perkinston.

Transportation[edit]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GNIS (Perkinston, Mississippi) Retrieved 2013-02-23
  2. ^ Hometown Locator (Perkinston, Mississippi) Retrieved 2013-02-23
  3. ^ "BORN TO BE A SOUTHERN TIMBER TOWN". Stone County. 
  4. ^ John Perkins Retrieved 2013-06-11
  5. ^ McElvaine, Robert S. (1988). Mississippi: The WPA Guide to the Magnolia State. University Press of Mississippi. 
  6. ^ A History of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Retrieved 2013-06-11
  7. ^ Blackwell, Len. 2010. The Perk Paperboy. West Bow Press, Bloomington, IN
  8. ^ Miles, Toni (May 24, 2005). "New ATV Park To Open In South Mississippi". WorldNow and WLOX. 

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