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The city of Ridgeland, Mississippi is in southeastern Madison County, between Madison to the north and Jackson to the south, and adjacent to the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Other nearby communities include Brandon, Clinton, Flora, Flowood, Gluckstadt, Goshen Springs, Pearl, and Van Winkle. In 1805, the Choctaw Indian Agency was situated in what would later become Ridgeland. It was headed by Silas Dinsmoor, and a neighborhood in Ridgeland is named for him. The Indian Agency building was known as Turner Brashear’s Stand until 1850, when it was renovated for use as a hotel known as King’s Inn. During the American Civil War, King’s Inn was used as a headquarters for Confederate General Stephen Lee. After the war, it again became a hotel until it burned in 1896. In 1853, a town named Yellowley’s Crossing was founded by James B. Yellowley, which was later renamed Jessamine for his wife. In 1896, the land was sold to a pair of Chicago land developers, who established the Highland Colony Company, platting the town of Ridgeland, marketing lots primarily to people from the North. Pears and strawberries were grown for sale, and the town soon had a hotel, sawmill, and a canning company. Its business district was concentrated along Jackson Street, which paralleled the Illinois Central Railroad. The Northpark Mall opened in 1984, and the Highland Colony Parkway brought new businesses to town in the 1990s. Bomgar, a tech company, and C Spire Wireless, the sixth largest wireless provider in the country, are headquartered in Ridgeland. The country music singer, Faith Hill, was born in Ridgeland, and lived there until the eighth grade.


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