Basic, Mississippi

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Basic is an unincorporated community in Clarke County, Mississippi.[1]


A post office called Basic was established in 1900, and remained in operation until 1945.[2] A variant name was "Basic City".[1] The origin of the name "Basic" is obscure.[3]

In South and West: From a Notebook, Joan Didion notes that when she visited the town in the 1970s, it was "not on the map."[4]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Basic
  2. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  3. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 141.
  4. ^ Didion, Joan (2017). South and West: From a Notebook. London, U.K.: 4th Estate. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-00-825717-0. Basic City, Mississippi, a town not on the map.

Coordinates: 32°13′07″N 88°46′09″W / 32.21861°N 88.76917°W / 32.21861; -88.76917