Wiggins, Mississippi

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Wiggins is a city in Stone County, Mississippi, United States. It is part of the GulfportBiloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 3,849 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Stone County[1].

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History

Wiggins is named after Wiggins Hatten, the father of Madison Hatten, one of the area's original homesteaders.[2] It was incorporated in 1904, and the 1910 census reported 980 residents. In the early 1900s, Wiggins prospered along with the booming timber industry. Wiggins was once headquarters of the Finkbine Lumber Company.

On January 21, 1910, between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm, more than half of the Wiggins business district was destroyed by fire.[3] The fire started from unknown origin in the Hammock Building, a lodging house, and spread rapidly because of strong winds from the northwest. With no city fire department or waterworks, the residents of Wiggins resorted to bucket brigades and dynamite to stop the fire, which was confined to the east side of the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad. The fire consumed 41 business establishments, including the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad depot. Only two or three residential dwellings were destroyed, because most homes were built away from the business district.

Wiggins has long been known for its pickle production, and at one time boasted of being home to the world's largest pickle plant. However, the pickle plant is closed now, and although the timber industry has declined since the boom years, it still sustains many businesses in Wiggins.

Geography

Wiggins is located at 30°51′31″N 89°8′16″W / 30.85861°N 89.13778°W / 30.85861; -89.13778 (30.858559, -89.137860)[4].

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