Bay Springs is located in east-central Mississippi in Jasper County. At the intersection of state highways 15 and 18, near the center of the city, stands a gazebo shading a natural spring that is the city's namesake. Recently a new fountain has been built, with bubbling clear spring water.
In the small valley of these clear flowing waters, Joe Blankenship settled in the 1880's and built the sawmill that became the city's early industrial base. By 1900, the population numbered forty-six. When the Mobile-Jackson and Kansas City Railroad was built through the town in the early 1900's, lumberman L. L. Denson moved there from Lake Como and became the founder of the Municipality of Bay Springs in 1904.
Bay Springs is the county seat and largest incorporated city in Jasper County. With a population of 2,194 (after a 1997 annexation), Bay Springs makes up about 10% of the total county population of 18,162.
As the central hub of Jasper County, the city is headquarters for the five-man Board of Supervisors which govern the county, the full-time Sheriff's Department and Jasper General Hospital. An alert well-trained medical staff care for patients in the 16 acute care medical beds and provide around-the-clock care to residents in the 110-bed nursing home. Medical care and other health-care services are supplemented by the Jasper County Health Department, located south on Highway 15.
Four state highways converge in or near Bay Springs, Hwys 15, 18, 531, and 528.
The city is also home to the West Jasper Consolidated School District, which oversees high school, middle school, and elementary schools in Bay Springs and a facility which encompasses all grades at Stringer, a community to the south.
Recreation opportunities abound in the area. The Bienville National Forest and Tallahala Wildlife Management Area occupy the northwest corner of the county. Lake Claude Bennett, a state-operated fisheries lake, along with other watershed and private impoundments provide fishing and watersports activities. The Bay Springs Country Club features outstanding golf and tennis facilities.
Bay Springs is home to two annual festivals. BAYFEST is a yearly four-day festival held in down town Bay Springs during June. Food, musical concerts, a carnival, and lots of arts and crafts vendors bring 40,000 people to Bay Springs for the BayFest Festivities.
TOWN OFFICIALS: BOARD OF ALDERMEN:
Courtyard in Bay Springs
Hol-Mac Manufacturing... much of the industry in Jasper County is in the Bay Springs Industrial Parks
Bay Springs Intersection Hwys 15 and 18 - near the gazebo and the natural spring that is Bay Springs' namesake.
Mayor: J E Smith
Town of Bay Springs
P O Box 307
Bay Springs, MS 39422
- Ward One - Steve Breland
- Ward Two - Mike Lucas
- Ward Three - James L. Nix
- Ward Four - Ron Keyes
- Ward Five - Bob Cook
Municipal Clerk: Randy James 6:00 pm meetings 1st Tuesday and 3rd Tuesday