Swiftwater, Mississippi

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Swiftwater, Mississippi
Cotton fields at Swiftwater, c. 1885-1898. Photo by William Henry Jackson.
Cotton fields at Swiftwater, c. 1885-1898. Photo by William Henry Jackson.
Swiftwater is located in Mississippi
Swiftwater
Swiftwater
Swiftwater is located in the United States
Swiftwater
Swiftwater
Coordinates: 33°20′15″N 91°3′35″W / 33.33750°N 91.05972°W / 33.33750; -91.05972Coordinates: 33°20′15″N 91°3′35″W / 33.33750°N 91.05972°W / 33.33750; -91.05972
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyWashington
Elevation
121 ft (37 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
38701
Area code(s)662
GNIS feature ID692252[1]

Swiftwater is an unincorporated community located in Washington County, Mississippi, United States.[1]

History[edit]

Swiftwater began as Swiftwater Cotton Plantation, founded by Alexander Barckly Montgomery, who built a mansion there in either 1850[2] or 1845.[3] Montgomery sold the plantation to Col. Ed Richardson, the world's largest cotton plantation owner in the 1870s and 1880s, and owner of plantations across the South.[3]

Swiftwater was a stop on the now-abandoned Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad,[4] completed in the 1880s.[5]

Located on the rail platform was the Swiftwater Store, owned by the E.E. Richardson Company. The store was still in operation in 1910.[3][5]

Swiftwater was never incorporated, but had a post office from 1886 to 1932.[5]

Notable person[edit]

Pete Shields, a professional baseball player with the Cleveland Indians, was born in Swiftwater.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Swiftwater, Mississippi
  2. ^ Miller, Mary Carol (1996). Lost Mansions of Mississippi. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 101. ISBN 978-0-87805-888-4.
  3. ^ a b c Hall, Russell S.; Nowell, Princella W.; Childress, Stacy (2000). Washington County, Mississippi. Arcadia. pp. 29, 37.
  4. ^ Rowland, Dunbar (1907). Mississippi: Comprising Sketches of Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form. Southern Historical Publishing Association. p. 761.
  5. ^ a b c Howe, Tony. "Swiftwater, Mississippi". Mississippi Rails. Retrieved March 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "Pete Shields". Baseball Reference. Retrieved March 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)