Midnight, Mississippi

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Midnight, Mississippi
Unincorporated community
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Midnight, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Midnight, Mississippi
Midnight, Mississippi
Midnight, Mississippi is located in the US
Midnight, Mississippi
Midnight, Mississippi
Coordinates: 33°02′58″N 90°34′24″W / 33.04944°N 90.57333°W / 33.04944; -90.57333Coordinates: 33°02′58″N 90°34′24″W / 33.04944°N 90.57333°W / 33.04944; -90.57333
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Humphreys
Elevation 112 ft (34 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 39115
Area code(s) 662
GNIS feature ID 673539[1]

Midnight is an unincorporated community located in Humphreys County, Mississippi. Midnight is approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Louise and 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of Silver City along Mississippi Highway 149. Although Midnight is unincorporated, it has a zip code of 39115.

History[edit]

According to tradition, the original town site was won in a midnight poker hand, hence the name of the community.[2]

A post office called Midnight was established in 1897.[3] The post office building survived the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.[4] On October 5, 2002 the Midnight post office closed.[5] By 2010 it had been demolished as part of the USPS's service cuts.[4]

In the 2000s, resident Gwen McKenzie and other Midnight residents lobbied to have a highway sign installed that indicated the direction to Midnight. In 2009 the streets in Midnight received names and numbers.[4]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2010 Midnight has fewer than 200 residents.[4]

Geography[edit]

Shashank Bengali of McClatchy Newspapers said that Midnight "feels like a place whose time has expired." Bengali explains that the clapboard houses, which were built almost one century before 2010, "rot on their cinder-block legs, tilting at crazy angles" and that Midnight's principal road is "dotted with abandoned or half-burned cabins that, older residents complain, young men disappear into to shoot dice or smoke pot as the days fade into dusk."[4]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Houses in Midnight did not have street addresses until 2009. Midnight does not have a sewage system. Shashank Bengali of McClatchy Newspapers says that Midnight's electricity is "spotty."[4]

Education[edit]

Residents are zoned to the Humphreys County School District.

Notable people[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

In the 2000 film, Where the Heart Is, starring Natalie Portman, an older couple came from Midnight, Mississippi to reprimand Novalee for having her baby out of wedlock.

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Midnight, Mississippi
  2. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 84. 
  3. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Bengali, Shashank. "Mississippi Delta: the land economic recovery never visits." McClatchy Newspapers. April 11, 2010. Retrieved on September 23, 2010.
  5. ^ "Postmaster Finder Post Offices by Discontinued Date." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on September 23, 2010. "10/05/2002 MIDNIGHT MS HUMPHREYS COUNTY 39115"