Whynot, Mississippi

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Whynot, Mississippi
Unincorporated community
Whynot, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Whynot, Mississippi
Whynot, Mississippi
Coordinates: 32°17′21″N 88°29′25″W / 32.28917°N 88.49028°W / 32.28917; -88.49028Coordinates: 32°17′21″N 88°29′25″W / 32.28917°N 88.49028°W / 32.28917; -88.49028
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Lauderdale
Elevation 492 ft (150 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 39301
Area code(s) 601
GNIS feature ID 713095[1]

Whynot is an unincorporated community located in Lauderdale County, Mississippi. Whynot is approximately 16.3 miles (26.2 km) southeast of Meridian on Mississippi Highway 19 and is part of Meridian, Mississippi Micropolitan Statistical Area.


The area was first served by a post office [2] called Whitesville, which was established June 23, 1852, with Isham K. Pringle as first postmaster. The name was changed to Why Not (two words) on December 30, 1852, and was finally discontinued September 30, 1933, with mail thereafter going to Meridian.[3]

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