History

JASPER COUNTY HISTORY

Jasper County was formed in 1833 out of Jones and Wayne Counties. It is the only county in the State that has two old highways crossing in it. The ‘Old Jackson Millitary Highway’ from New Orleans to Nashville crosses the upper branch of the Federal Horse Path (Road) from Evergreen, Alabama to Natchez about three miles north of Bay Springs. The Federal Road followed the older path ‘Three Chopped Way’ from Savanah, Georgia to Natchez, Mississippi.  It was one of the first mail routes and was the first road through Alabama. (This information from rootsweb)   Above left is the earliest photo taken of Bay Springs.

Jasper County is one of ten counties in Mississippi that has two county seats and so two courthouses.

The county was named for Willliam Jasper, Revolutionary War Hero.

Courthouse Bay Springs
Front of newly contructed courthouse in 1907
facing downtown Bay Springs. The front became the back when Highway 15 was con-structed. The small buildling is the first jail.
Downtown Montrose when it was located on the railroad tracks. The sign on the two buildings are ‘Montrose Drug Co. and Post Office’ and ‘C.W.Alexander’ who was Lillous Faye Shoemaker’s grandfather. Note sawmill and smoke stacks in the background.
MS Conference Training School - Montrose Stafford Springs, MS
Montrose School & Students in 1910
Stafford Hotel, Stafford Springs in the 1940’s

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