Jacinto, Mississippi

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Jacinto, Mississippi
Jacinto Courthouse. Photo by Jack Boucher, 1975.
Jacinto Courthouse. Photo by Jack Boucher, 1975.
Jacinto, Mississippi is located in the United States
Jacinto, Mississippi
Jacinto, Mississippi
Jacinto, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Jacinto, Mississippi
Jacinto, Mississippi
Coordinates: 34°45′35″N 88°25′42″W / 34.75972°N 88.42833°W / 34.75972; -88.42833Coordinates: 34°45′35″N 88°25′42″W / 34.75972°N 88.42833°W / 34.75972; -88.42833
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyAlcorn
Elevation
561 ft (171 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
GNIS feature ID671757[1]

Jacinto, founded in 1836, was named for the Battle of San Jacinto in the Texas Revolution.[2][3][4] Jacinto was located in the geographic center of the original Tishomingo County, Mississippi.[5] Within ten years of its founding, Jacinto became a flourishing town with stores, hotels, schools, churches, and taverns, serving as the center of government and commerce for the county.[2]

Jacinto is the site of a courthouse built in 1854 in the Federal style as the county courthouse for the original Tishomingo County.[3][5] The courthouse has been refurbished and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.[2] It is open to visitors.

A skirmish occurred on September 7, 1863 in the vicinity of Jacinto between Confederate and Union Cavalry during the American Civil War.[6]

In 1869, Tishomingo was divided into three counties: Tishomingo, Alcorn, and Prentiss.[2] Corinth became the county seat of newly established Alcorn County, Iuka of the reduced Tishomingo County, and Booneville of the new county of Prentiss.[2] When the county seat was moved from Jacinto in 1870, the town's importance declined, and town residents and businesses began moving away.[5]

Jacinto appears on the Glens U.S. Geological Survey Map.[7][8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jacinto, Mississippi". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b c d e Luke Dove: "The Courthouse at Jacinto," Capital Area Bar Association Newsletter, April 2011, http://www.caba.ms/downloads/caba-newsletter-april2011.pdf, pp. 14-15.
  3. ^ a b WLBT-Channel 3, Jackson, Mississippi: Look Around Mississippi - Old Jacinto Courthouse, http://www.wlbt.com/global/story.asp?S=5997611, 01/26/07.
  4. ^ Courthouselover: Jacinto Marker (Jacinto, Mississippi), https://www.flickr.com/photos/courthouselover/4456452660/, photo taken on March 19, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c Courthouselover: Old Tishomingo County Courthouse (Jacinto, Mississippi), https://www.flickr.com/photos/courthouselover/4456457422/in/photostream/, photo taken on March 19, 2010.
  6. ^ "Original Records of the Civil War". Ohio State University. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  7. ^ Mississippi Hometown Locator: http://mississippi.hometownlocator.com/ms/alcorn/jacinto.cfm, accessed 25 Nov 2011.
  8. ^ Lat-Long.com: Jacinto, MS, http://www.lat-long.com/Latitude-Longitude-671757-Mississippi-Jacinto.html, accessed 25 Nov 2011.