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Bassfield is a small town in southeastern Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi. Although trains no longer run through Bassfield, and the tracks are gone, the town has its origins with the railroad line that carried cotton and other crops grown local fields. The town was settled before the railroad, around 1832, and named for the Bass family, who owned most of the land upon which the town was settled. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the town’s population moved a few miles from its original location in order to be near the railroad. The abandoned railroad tracks are now the route of the Longleaf Trace, a forty-one mile trail that is used for walking, jogging, roller skating, and bicycling. Nearby communities include Bunker Hill, Cantwell Mill, Carson, Deen, Hickory Grove, Higgins, and Terrell. Hattiesburg is about thirty-two miles to the southeast, Jackson is seventy-three miles to the northwest, and Meridian is a hundred and eight miles to the northeast.



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