Mississippi Streets: 1920s Hattiesburg


I’m not 100% sure that this is the correct perspective, but it’s the best I can do given that many of these buildings are apparently no longer standing.

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Categories: Hattiesburg


7 replies

  1. Any idea on the date of PC photo? That vacant lot on the right in the Google photo is the site of Fine Bros.-Madison Company. But I don’t see the Leaf Hotel on down further on the left. Could that be the 1939 USPO building further west on the right.


    • I don’t have a date on the card, but a clue may be in the streetcar running in the distance. According to Frank Brooks’ Travelling by Trolley, the streetcar ceased operation in 1925, so this must predate that, although given the automobiles also in the picture, I think it must be in the early 1920s rather than late 1910s. https://misspreservation.com/2011/10/06/travelling-by-trolley-in-mississippi-hattiesburg/


      • Construction on the Forrest Hotel was completed in 1929. It’s not on the post card. But that “spire” on the horizon in the upper right hand corner is probably that of the Dome at Southern which was built circa 1926(?). I’m thinking that the photo looking west down Pine Street was taken from the roof/veranda of Dr. Ross’ Hotel Hattiesburg…the one I saw burning in 1948. Obviously, the architect that designed the Forrest Hotel also designed the older Leaf Hotel on Main street.


  2. ...as a “Hub City,” and how longleaf yellow hunger fueled a town’s early expansion as good as good fires in a downtown district. ..

    This may explain the disappearance of the old buildings. Circa 1948, I witness the Hotel Hattiesburg afire from my view on the steps of my grandfathers sheet metal works at 121 Newman street. I remember the comments that the hotel had become a “flophouse” with “tramps” and town drunks sleeping in the lobby. The parking lot of Sack’s Army Navy was the site of Hotel Hattiesburg.

    During that period I watched firemen with axes on top of roof of the old “Creamery” as it burned. It was located on Walnut Street, next to Speed’s Restaurant.

    Could that be the MSC Dome on the horizon in the upper right hand corner of the post card?



  3. The employees at Aladdin who pre-cut the George Barber design Montgomery-Ward homes.



  4. The group photo of the employees at the Aladdin kit homes production facility is protected, somehow. I was able to view the photo but the link has obviously failed.
    The photo is in the Kenneth McCarty Hattiesburg Historical Collection–m246-383, Box 2, Folder 13. It gave the site of the Aladdin factory at the intersection of North Street and Mississippi Central RR.


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