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Kiln, Mississippi is an unincorporated town in Hancock County, where it is generally known as “the Kiln,” with the “n” silent. Prior to that time, it was known as the Jourdan River Community, but it has been known as Kiln since at least the 1880s. The community was named for the large number of kilns that were established in the area to serve the timber industry. At one time, Kiln had several lumber mills, a hotel, and a hospital, its largest employer being the Jordan River Lumber Company. The original mill burned in 1914 and was replaced with a new mill that boasted a larger cutting capacity. The mill operated until 1930, when it was closed and dismantled. There are stories about Kiln being a source of a very popular moonshine during Prohibition. Al Capone is said to have sourced “Kiln Lightning” from this area for sale in Chicago. Mississippi Highway 43, which is also known as Mississippi Highway 603, is the main route through the Kiln, connecting the community to the South. Highway 43 splits off of Highway 603 at the north end of the town, and connects to Interstate Highway 59 at Picayune, while Highway 603 connects to Mississippi Highway 53 at Necaise. Catahoula Creek flows through the southern part of the town. Diamondhead is southeast of Kiln., and the small community of Fenton is east of the town. Slidell, Louisiana is about twenty-eight miles to the southwest. Green Bay Packers’ quarterback, Brett Favre, was raised in the Kiln, and attended high school there.

 

 

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