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Magnolia, Mississippi is the county seat of Pike County, which is in the southern part of the state. The city was founded by Ansel H. Prewett in 1856. Having been made aware that the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railroad would be approaching the area and needing a water and fuel station, the local cotton planter sold a right-of-way to the railroad for a dollar, then divided a section of his cotton plantation into town lots that he sold to investors. While serving as the county sheriff, Prewett was killed by outlaws while escorting a prisoner on the railroad. The town grew rapidly during the Civil War years and, in the late 1800s, Magnolia gained prominence as a resort for wealthy people from New Orleans, who could catch a train to Magnolia from New Orleans. Surrounding communities include Emerald, Fernwood, Irene, Jennings, and Mixon. Other nearby communities include Beardens, Chatawa, Kirkville, and Stella. Kentwood, Louisiana is about sixteen miles south, and Jackson, Mississippi is eighty-five miles north of Magnolia.

 

 

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