Perkinston, Mississippi

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Perkinston, Mississippi
Unincorporated community
The main campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is located in Perkinston, Mississippi
Perkinston, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Perkinston, Mississippi
Coordinates: 30°46′56″N 89°8′17″W / 30.78222°N 89.13806°W / 30.78222; -89.13806Coordinates: 30°46′56″N 89°8′17″W / 30.78222°N 89.13806°W / 30.78222; -89.13806
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyStone
Elevation135 ft (41 m)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s)Area code 601
GNIS feature ID675617[1]
 
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Perkinston, Mississippi
Unincorporated community
The main campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is located in Perkinston, Mississippi
Perkinston, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Perkinston, Mississippi
Coordinates: 30°46′56″N 89°8′17″W / 30.78222°N 89.13806°W / 30.78222; -89.13806Coordinates: 30°46′56″N 89°8′17″W / 30.78222°N 89.13806°W / 30.78222; -89.13806
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyStone
Elevation135 ft (41 m)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s)Area code 601
GNIS feature ID675617[1]
Red Creek north of Perkinston

Perkinston is an unincorporated community in central Stone County, Mississippi, United States.[2] It is situated along U.S. Highway 49, approximately five miles south of Wiggins. The community is part of the GulfportBiloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Established in 1880, Perkinston is the oldest settlement in Stone County.[3]

The village is named for John C. Perkins (1840—1928), who homesteaded the area after serving in the Confederate Army.[4]

Abundant forests established timber and turpentine production as early industries.[5] The Perkinston community benefited from the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad, which was constructed through the village in the late 1890s. Beginning in 1911, Perkinston served mainly as a campus for the Harrison County Agricultural High School, which developed into Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.[6] Through time, the village had few commercial establishments, but did have a post office, general store, churches, and a gasoline service station.[7]

The WLOX TV Tower in Perkinston, a 402.1 m (1,319 ft) guyed mast tower, is listed as one of the tallest structures in the United States by height.

In 2005, a 250-ac (100-ha) ATV park opened west of Perkinston.[8]

Education[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GNIS (Perkinston, Mississippi) Retrieved 2013-02-23
  2. ^ Hometown Locator (Perkinston, Mississippi) Retrieved 2013-02-23
  3. ^ "BORN TO BE A SOUTHERN TIMBER TOWN". Stone County. 
  4. ^ John Perkins Retrieved 2013-06-11
  5. ^ McElvaine, Robert S. (1988). "Mississippi: The WPA Guide to the Magnolia State". University Press of Mississippi. 
  6. ^ A History of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Retrieved 2013-06-11
  7. ^ Blackwell, Len. 2010. The Perk Paperboy. West Bow Press, Bloomington, IN
  8. ^ Miles, Toni (May 24, 2005). "New ATV Park To Open In South Mississippi". WorldNow and WLOX. 

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