Onward, Mississippi

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Onward, Mississippi
The Onward Store in Onward
The Onward Store in Onward
Onward, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Onward, Mississippi
Onward, Mississippi
Onward, Mississippi is located in the United States
Onward, Mississippi
Onward, Mississippi
Coordinates: 32°43′31″N 90°56′31″W / 32.72528°N 90.94194°W / 32.72528; -90.94194Coordinates: 32°43′31″N 90°56′31″W / 32.72528°N 90.94194°W / 32.72528; -90.94194
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountySharkey
Elevation
102 ft (31 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
39159
Area code(s)662
GNIS feature ID675291[1]

Onward is an unincorporated community located in Sharkey County, Mississippi, at the junction of Mississippi Highway 1 and U.S. Route 61. Onward is approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Cary and approximately 9 miles (14 km) north of Valley Park.

Onward had a post office from about 1879 to 1975.[2] The post office was housed in Onward Store in the early to mid-twentieth century. A state historical highway marker on the grounds of Onward Store commemorates the creation of the Teddy Bear. In 1902, former United States President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a captive bear during a bear hunt at neaby Smedes Plantation. Subsequent political cartoons inspired the creation of the Teddy Bear.

A map from 1873 shows Onward located approximamtely 0.4 mi (0.64 km) west of its current location, at the confluence of Black Bayou and Deer Creek, with the towns of "Reality" and "Good Intent" located to the south.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Onward, Mississippi
  2. ^ "Jim Forte Postal History".
  3. ^ Searles, Jas M.; Stratton, David (1873). "Map of the County of Issaquena, Mississippi". Hugh Lewis.