Dahomy, Mississippi

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Dahomy, Mississippi
Dahomy, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Dahomy, Mississippi
Dahomy, Mississippi
Dahomy, Mississippi is located in the United States
Dahomy, Mississippi
Dahomy, Mississippi
Coordinates: 33°40′28″N 90°59′06″W / 33.67444°N 90.98500°W / 33.67444; -90.98500Coordinates: 33°40′28″N 90°59′06″W / 33.67444°N 90.98500°W / 33.67444; -90.98500
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyBolivar
Elevation
141 ft (43 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
GNIS feature ID711172[1]

Dahomy is an unincorporated community in Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States.[1]

History[edit]

The Dahomey Plantation was founded in 1833 by F.G. Ellis, who named it after Dahomey, the homeland of his slaves.[2] The plantation became the largest cotton plantation in the world.[3]

The settlement of Dahomy was likely established when the Louisville, New Orleans and Texas Railway was completed through the plantation in the 1880s.[4]

A post office was established prior to 1907 and closed in 1937.[3][5]

In 1991, 9,691 acres (3,922 ha) of the original Dahomey Plantation was used to established the Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge, located 2.5 mi (4.0 km) east of the settlement of Dahomy.[2][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Dahomy
  2. ^ a b "Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge Habitat Management Plan". U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region. 2013.
  3. ^ a b Rowland, Dunbar (1907). Mississippi: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form. 1. Southern Historical Publishing Association. p. 603.
  4. ^ Howe, Tony. "Louisville, New Orleans & Texas Railway". Mississippi Rails. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Dahomy Post Office (historical)
  6. ^ "About the Refuge". U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. January 9, 2014.