Historical Markers in
Webster County, Mississippi

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Webster County, Mississippi has a rich and fascinating history that dates back to its formation in 1874. The county was named after Daniel Webster, a prominent American statesman and orator. Prior to its establishment, this area was inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Choctaw and Chickasaw people.

During the early 19th century, European settlers began to arrive in the region. The growth of Webster County was greatly spurred by the arrival of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad in the 1850s. This led to the development of small towns and the establishment of industries such as timber and agriculture, including cotton and corn production.

Webster County played a significant role in the Civil War. Many of its residents enlisted in both Confederate and Union armies, resulting in divided loyalties. The county saw multiple skirmishes and the famous Battle of Vicksburg impacted the area greatly. In the post-war years, Webster County slowly recovered and focused on rebuilding its economy.

Throughout the 20th century, Webster County continued to evolve. The decline of agriculture led to a shift towards manufacturing and service industries. Today, the county is home to several small towns, including Eupora, its county seat. It embraces its agricultural heritage while also adapting to the changing times, attracting visitors with recreational opportunities and a vibrant local community.

Overall, Webster County's history reflects the larger cycles of America's development, from its early Native American inhabitants to its growth through transportation and industry. The county remains a testament to the resilience and adaptability of its residents as they navigate the challenges and opportunities of the changing times.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Webster County, Mississippi.

  • 1833 - Webster County is established on February 15, 1833.
  • 1836 - The first courthouse is constructed in Pittsboro, the county seat.
  • 1863 - During the Civil War, Union troops occupy Pittsboro and burn many buildings.
  • 1874 - A new courthouse is built in Pittsboro to replace the one destroyed during the war.
  • 1886 - Walthall becomes the new county seat, and the courthouse is moved there.
  • 1917 - The Webster County Agricultural High School is established in Eupora.
  • 1936 - The Walthall School, a vocational school, is established in Walthall.
  • 1959 - The Choctaw County School Consolidation Act leads to the consolidation of various schools in Webster County.
  • 1972 - The Webster County Courthouse in Walthall burns down and is later rebuilt.
  • 1987 - The Greensboro Center, a center for senior citizens, is established in Eupora.
  • 2005 - The Webster County Library is opened in Eupora.