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Pachuta, Mississippi is a small town in western central Clarke County. US Route 1 goes through the center of town, then north to Meridian, and south to Laurel. State Highway 18 crosses US 11 in the center of town, and leads east to Quitman, the county seat, and west to Bay Springs. Other nearby communities include Beatrice, Elwood, Enterprise, Fouke, Goodwater, Gridley, Hale, Harmony, Heidelberg, Nancy, Orange, Paulding, Rose Hill, Stafford Springs, Stonewall, and Wautubbee. Interstate Highway 59 is two miles northwest of town at Exit 126, which is State Highway 18. Pachuta was formed along a stage route from Mobile, Alabama to Paulding, Mississippi, probably growing up along a way station. A post office was established there in 1856, although the town was not organized until 1882 when the New Orleans and Northwestern Railroad came through. A subscription school was established in 1846, although classes were suspended during the Civil War, to be back in session by 1866. Pachuta was incorporated in 1890. When neighboring schools were consolidated beginning in 1921, Pachuta was chosen as the site for a regional high school, which was constructed at East Chestnut Street and Poydras Street, and an auditorium, grammar school and gymnasium were added. However, the town’s growth peaked in the 1930s and 1940s, fading when Interstate Highway 59 replaced US Highway 11 in 1967, leaving Pachuta as a largely forgotten landmark along the Interstate. Most of its businesses closed, and the Pachuta School was closed in 1962, with only the gymnasium remaining. The town has steadily lost population since 1930.

 

 

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