Yazoo City, Mississippi
|Yazoo City, Mississippi|
Location of Yazoo City, Mississippi
|• Total||10.9 sq mi (28.3 km2)|
|• Land||10.8 sq mi (27.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|Elevation||112 ft (34 m)|
|• Estimate (2013)||11,419|
|• Density||1,349.2/sq mi (520.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0679921|
|Website||City of Yazoo City|
Yazoo City is a city in Yazoo County, Mississippi, United States. It was named after the Yazoo River, which, in turn was named by the French explorer Robert La Salle in 1682 as "Rivière des Yazous" in reference to the Yazoo tribe living near the river's mouth. It is the county seat of Yazoo County and the principal city of the Yazoo City Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger Jackson–Yazoo City Combined Statistical Area. According to the 2010 census, the population was 11,403.
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Yazoo City is located at  40 miles northwest of Jackson at the junctions of U.S. Routes 49, 49E, and 49W, and MS Highways 3, 16, and 149, on the banks of the Yazoo River, near the Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.(32.856458, -90.407379),
U.S. Route 49W provides a fairly direct link between Yazoo City and Belzoni. The old highway segment, renamed Mississippi Highway 149, passes through Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and the communities of Louise and Midnight before reconnecting with the new US 49W at Silver City, 7 mi south of Belzoni. The new highway makes the town of Carter so near, it might be considered for annexation by Yazoo City. Two bridges now cross the Yazoo River at Yazoo City.
The section of MS 3 in Yazoo City is called Haley Barbour Parkway. Barbour, the former governor of Mississippi, grew up in Yazoo City and has a home on Wolf Lake, a lake north of Yazoo City. U.S. Route 49 (part of which was formerly U.S. 49E) through Yazoo City is named Jerry Clower Boulevard, after the famous comedian, a former resident of Yazoo City.
Yazoo City is also known as the "Gateway to the Delta" due to its location on the transition between the two great landforms that characterize the geography of Mississippi (the western part of the city lies in the Mississippi Delta and the eastern part lies in the loess bluffs that characterize most of eastern Mississippi).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.9 sq mi (28 km2), of which 10.8 sq mi (28 km2) is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.26 km2) (1.19%) is covered by water.
The community now known as Yazoo City was founded in 1824 with the name Hannan's Bluff. It was later renamed Manchester, then changed to Yazoo City in 1841. Yazoo City became the county seat in 1849.
A yellow fever epidemic struck Yazoo City in 1853. During the American Civil War, a makeshift shipyard was established on the Yazoo River at Yazoo City after the Confederate loss of New Orleans. The shipyard was destroyed by Union forces in 1863, but the Confederates soon recovered Yazoo City. Union forces returned the following year and this time burned down almost the entire town.
Yazoo City was rebuilt, but yellow fever struck and took more victims in 1878. In 1904, a fire destroyed much of central Yazoo City. According to a local legend, the fire was caused by a witch avenging her death. In reality, a boy playing with matches accidentally set a house ablaze. The fire quickly spread, and three-fourths of the town was destroyed, including most of the homes. It was stopped by a canal, which saved the new courthouse (built in 1872 to replace the one burned by the Union forces) and 10 antebellum homes nearby. The town took almost two years to recover.
The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 did much damage to the entire Delta, but Yazoo City was restored and is now protected by an effective flood-prevention system.
April 24, 2010, tornado
A strong tornado, rated EF4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale and with a path width of 1.75 mi, hit Yazoo County on April 24, 2010. Four people were killed in the Yazoo City area, and a number were seriously injured; four of the victims were airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in the capital city of Jackson, 40 mi away. The Governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour, toured the area in a National Guard helicopter and held a news conference on the disaster at 3:30 pm. The tornado and the aftermath were shown in an episode of the Discovery Channel series Storm Chasers, and several videos YouTube show considerable detail and descriptions.
November 29, 2010, tornado
Around 8:05 pm local time, Yazoo City was struck by two tornadoes: first, an EF-2 tornado 3 mi southwest of town, then a second EF-2 within the city limits, causing significant damage to several downtown buildings.
Government and infrastructure
Yazoo County Airport is in unincorporated Yazoo County, 2 miles (3.2 km) west of central Yazoo City. Lynne W. Jeter of the Mississippi Business Journal said in 2001 that the county airport "may have played an important role in landing the multiphase federal prison project that is currently under expansion."
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, 14,550 people, 4,271 households, and 2,968 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,349.2 people per square mile (521.1/km²). The 4,676 housing units averaged 433.6 per mi2 (167.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 28.73% White, 69.68% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 7.47% of the population.
Of the 4,271 households, 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.5% were married couples living together, 32.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were not families. About 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.49.
In the city, the population was distributed as 29.0% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 17.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 112.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $19,893, and for a family was $22,470. Males had a median income of $26,109 versus $18,650 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,251. About 35.0% of families and 40.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 52.5% of those under age 18 and 23.5% of those age 65 or over.
- Alexander Boarman, Yazoo City native served as mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S. representative from Louisiana's 4th congressional district, and as a federal judge for 35 years until his death in 1916.
- Willie Brown (American football), Oakland Raiders, NFL Hall of Fame
- James Paul Clarke, United States Senator and the 18th Governor of Arkansas
- Haley Barbour, former Governor of Mississippi
- Thea Bowman, Roman Catholic sister, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
- Jerry Clower, famous country comedian who spent more than 30 years as a resident of the town before moving back to the area he was born, Liberty, Mississippi, in 1988. Many of Clower's comical stories mention Yazoo City.
- Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl defensive lineman
- Marc Emery, prisoner at Yazoo, Canadian marijuana seed distributor
- Mike Espy, Secretary of Agriculture (1993–94); U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd district of Mississippi (1987–93)
- W. C. Friley, 19th-century Baptist clergyman in Yazoo City; later president of two Baptist colleges
- Lawrence Gordon, film producer (Die Hard)
- Lynn Hamilton, actress
- Michael Henderson, R&B singer
- T. J. Huddleston, Sr., entrepreneur
- Wardell Jackson, professional basketball player
- Mary Johnson, blues singer and one-time wife of Lonnie Johnson
- Tommy McClennan, blues musician
- Mike Miley, MLB player and Louisiana State University quarterback
- L.T. Miller, first medical director of the Afro-American Hospital and co-founder of the Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association
- Willie Morris, writer who was born in Jackson, MS, but grew up in Yazoo City
- Norman Albert Mott, member of the Mississippi Legislature (1911)
- Michael Passons, "Contemporary Christian Musician", founding former member of the Christian music group, Avalon
- Robert Petway, blues musician
- Joseph A. Redding, US Army major general who commanded the 39th Infantry Division in the 1950s
- Stella Stevens, actress
- Pecolia Warner, 20th-century quiltmaker
- Zig Ziglar, personal development speaker and trainer
Yazoo City is served by the Yazoo City Municipal School District. Yazoo County High School and Yazoo City High School serve as the main public schools. The four private schools are Thomas Christian Academy (Pre-K–12), Manchester Academy (Pre-K–12), Covenant Christian School (K–6th grade), and Benton Academy (Pre-K–12).
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-11-08.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-11-08.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "NWS Jackson, MS - April 23-24, 2010 Severe Weather Outbreak". Srh.noaa.gov. 2010-04-28. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
-  Archived March 5, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- "Post Office Location - YAZOO CITY." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on September 21, 2010.
-  Archived July 28, 2013 at the Wayback Machine
- FAA Airport Master Record for 87I - Retrieved on September 23, 2010.
- Jeter, Lynne W. "Airports an advantage when it comes to site selection." Mississippi Business Journal. March 26, 2001. Retrieved on September 21, 2010.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved February 5, 2014.
- "James Paul Clarke (1895-1897)". Old State House Museum. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
- "Wardell Jackson". Retrieved 5 December 2015.
- History of Yazoo City's Jewish community (from the Institute of Southern Jewish Life)
- Satellite images from the 24 April 2010 tornado outbreak (CIMSS Satellite Blog)