Meridian, Mississippi

Meridian Business Signs

Meridian is a city located in the east-central portion of the present-day U.S. state of Mississippi.  Prior to meddling by those of European descent, this area had been inhabited by the Choctaw peoples.  However, during the “Indian Removal” of the 1830s, the United States government “obtained” the area “under the terms of the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek.”

As for Meridian, Mississippi itself, it was first settled by Richard McLemore.  McLemore’s land would eventually be bought up in 1853 by an Alabama lawyer Lewis A. Ragsdale and merchant John T. Ball.  Ball came up with the name “Meridian,” because he thought the word was synonymous with “junction” – and this fed into his interest in Meridian becoming a railroad junction.  Others in the town wanted it to be called “Sowashee” or “mad river” in Choctaw.  For a while, Ball erected a station house on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, whose sign would alternate between “Meridian” and “Sowashee” each day, but eventually, as the railroads became bigger and more important in the town, Meridian was settled on.

The city of Meridian, Mississippi was officially incorporated on February 10th, 1860.  Subsequently, during the American Civil War, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman had his men burn it to the ground during the Battle of Meridian, which took place in February 1864.  As you can tell, Meridian, Mississippi was eventually rebuilt.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Meridian, Mississippi has a total population of 39,113 people.  This makes it the sixth most populous city in the entire state of Mississippi.  Meridian, Mississippi is also considered the principal city of the Meridian, Mississippi Micropolitan Statistical Area, which according to a 2010 estimate, has a population of 107,449 people.

Modern Meridian, Mississippi is known for its might military mass.  In fact, the city of Meridian’s largest employer is Naval Air Station Meridian, which is responsible for 3,000 local jobs.  Naval Air Station Meridian, which opened in 1961, garrisons Training Air Wing One and is also home to the Regional Counter-Drug Training Academy and the first local Department of Homeland Security in the state.  Meridian, Mississippi’s airport, Key Field, is home to the 186th Air Refueling Wing of the Air National Guard and a support facility for the 185th Aviation Brigade of the Army National Guard.  Key Field’s Old Terminal Building, Hangar, and Powerhouse, which was built in 1930, is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Wider Meridian, Mississippi is no stranger to other sites of note as well.  Among these sites include Union Station, or the Meridian Multi-Modal Transportation Center, which itself is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  It serves as a “center of several modes of passenger transportation” such as bus and rail.  Other sites listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places located in the Meridian, Mississippi area include Highland Park Dentzel Carousel and Shelter Building.  Not only this, but the carousel is also considered a U.S. National and Mississippi Landmark.  This carousel was built all the way back in 1896.

Any chance you might be the adventurous owner of a small business in and/or around the Meridian, Mississippi area?  Any chance you may have already considered the possibility of developing such an exciting endeavor?  You need look no further if this is indeed the case!  Below we have provided prospective entrepreneurs with all kinds of resources which could help them achieve their small business dreams:

Apply for a Business License in Meridian, Mississippi:

Business in the City of Meridian, Mississippi:

East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (Chamber of Commerce):

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Perkinston, MS

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Hattiesburg, MS

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Lucedale, MS

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