Puckett, Mississippi

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Puckett is a town/village in Rankin County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 354 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The first settlement at this location was in 1837, and the earliest name given to it was Clear Creek. One of the first settlers was Calvin Boone. A man known only by the surname Merchant is credited with building the first water mill in the area, and with blazing a road along a ridge leading to another settlement then known as Shiloh. Settlers came from Alabama. One of them, A. A. Burnham, applied for a post office in 1890, asking that it either be named Clear Creek or Burnham. Due to these names already being used, the post office was named Puckett, for the Puckett family, which came from nearby Tishamingo.[citation needed]. Early in its history, a traveling show wintered there for a number of years, and attendance caused the town to be nicknamed "the largest little show place in the world".[citation needed] In the 1950s a sign was erected, saying "Welcome to Puckett 300 good friendly folks and a few old sore heads".

Geography

Puckett is located at 32°4′59″N 89°46′40″W / 32.08306°N 89.77778°W / 32.08306; -89.77778 (32.083100, -89.777658)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²) of it is land and 0.50% is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 354 people, 136 households, and 110 families residing in the village. The population density was 175.6 people per square mile (67.7/km²). There were 151 housing units at an average density of 74.9/sq mi (28.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.33% White, 2.82% African American, and 0.85% from two or more races.

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