McLaurin, Mississippi
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McLaurin, Mississippi

McLaurin is a small unincorporated community in Forrest County, Mississippi.[1]


The town of McLaurin is named for General McLaurin, who was also the first president of the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad.[2] At one time, McLaurin was the site of the largest sawmill in the country, becoming an important shipping site for masonite and pulp wood. The manager of the first sawmill in the area, Jim Barron, is buried in McLaurin Cemetery.

The population in 1900 was 300.[3]

A historic landing field for aircraft is located south of the settlement.[4]


  • Forrest County Agricultural High School
  • South Forrest Elementary School



McLaurin is served by U.S. Route 49, a north-south corridor that runs through Arkansas and Mississippi.

Places of worship

  • McLaurin United Methodist Church
  • Morning Star Church
  • Old Enon Church
  • First Baptist Church of McLaurin


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: McLaurin
  2. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 194.
  3. ^ Rowland, Dunbar (1907). Mississippi: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form. 2. Southern Historical Publishing Association. p. 188.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: McLaurin Landing Field (historical)

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