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Old Augusta Historic Site

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NRHP Reference #  79001334
Designated USMS  January 13, 1999
USMS #  111-NAU-5001-NR-ML
Added to NRHP  24 April 1979
Old Augusta Historic Site
Location  Perry County, Mississippi

The Old Augusta Historic Site contains the remnants of Augusta, Mississippi, a town that was founded along the Leaf River in 1812 and abandoned between 1902 and 1906. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and was designated a Mississippi Landmark in 1999.

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History

From 1818 until 1906, the town of Augusta served as the county seat for Perry County, Mississippi. It was considered a major commercial and administrative center because a General Land Office was located there.

In the 1850s, Augusta was the site for the trial and hanging of the outlaw James Copeland. In the 1890s, Davis Hawthorne was hanged in Augusta for the murder of his wife.

When the Mobile, Jackson, and Kansas City Railroad was constructed 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Augusta, the town was moved to the railroad and developed as New Augusta.

Historic Site

When the site was evaluated for the National Register of Historic Places during the 1970s, it was determined that the town had been divided into three spatial units—a government district, a business district, and a residential district. But there was little more than brick and concrete rubble where buildings had once stood, and the area had reverted to woodland.

References

Old Augusta Historic Site Wikipedia


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