Leggo, Mississippi

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Leggo, Mississippi
Leggo, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Leggo, Mississippi
Leggo, Mississippi
Coordinates: 34°06′48″N 89°47′50″W / 34.11333°N 89.79722°W / 34.11333; -89.79722
Latitude and Longitude:

34°06′48″N 89°47′50″W / 34.11333°N 89.79722°W / 34.11333; -89.79722
CountryUnited States
State Mississippi
County Yalobusha
Elevation
331 ft (101 m)
Time zone UTC-6 ( Central (CST))
 • Summer ( DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
GNIS feature ID705926 [1]

Leggo is a ghost town in Yalobusha County, Mississippi, United States. [1]

The settlement was located about 1 mi (1.6 km) south of Enid Lake, and 10 mi (16 km) west of Water Valley.

Leggo gained fame due to a mineral well located nearby.

History

W.B. Ford moved from South Carolina to Mississippi after the Civil War. Ford dug a well to supply water to his livestock, but his cattle would not drink it due to its high mineral content. The water from "Ford's Well" was believed to have medicinal properties, and the community of Leggo developed a short distance south of the well. [2] [3] [4]

Leggo flourished as a health resort, and many people would visit Leggo annually to use Ford's water. Ford also sold his water throughout the southeastern United States. [2] [4] [5]

Leggo had a school, a post office, and an excellent hotel. [2] [5] [6]

Leggo today is covered by forest. The Ford's Well Church and Cemetery are located north of the former settlement. [7]

References

  1. ^ a b "Leggo (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b c "Ford's Well Anniversary". US Army Corps of Engineers. May 10, 2013.
  3. ^ "Fords Well (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  4. ^ a b Morse, William Clifford (1952). "Yalobusha County Geology" (PDF). Mississippi State Geological Survey.
  5. ^ a b Rowland, Dunbar (1907). Mississippi: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form. 2. Southern Historical Publishing Association. p. 74.
  6. ^ "Leggo School (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  7. ^ "Fords Well Church". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.