Jackson County

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Jackson County is named for Andrew Jackson, who was the 7th President of the United States from 1829 to 1837.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – George County

E – Mobile County, Alabama

S – Gulf of Mexico

W – Harrison County

 

Created:  December 18, 1812                                                    Map of Mississippi highlighting Jackson County

County Seat: 

Pascagoula  1812 – present

 

County Courthouse – Pascagoula 

 

Location:  3104 Magnolia Street / Watts Avenue

Built:  1948 – 1949

Style:  Art Deco and Stripped Classical

Architect:  Carl L Olschner

Contractor:  W K Upchurch Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Pascagoula. The west front has a projecting center section with vertical dividers between the windows and with the entrances on the first story. Bas-relief sculptures flank the simplified portico. One sculpture depicts fishermen while the other shows construction laborers, perhaps implying the change from a simple maritime economy to a more industrialized base. A north and south wing extend behind the center section. The roof line is flat. Lester C Winterton was the consulting engineer.

 

County Courts Building – Pascagoula 

 

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Location:  3104 Magnolia Street / Watts Avenue

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Slaughter/Allred/McNabb P.A.

Contractor:  Schwegman Constructors and Engineers

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Pascagoula on the east side of the courthouse. The south front of the square shaped building has a central projecting portico with six columns. The roof is hipped. On the west side, the building is connected by a two story walkway to the courthouse. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1812 and Pascagoula was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in Benndale in 1812. The county seat moved to Brewer’s Bluff in 1822 and the second courthouse was built. The county seat was moved to Americus in 1826 and the third courthouse was built. The courthouse was burned in 1837 and rebuilt. In 1871, the county seat was moved to Scranton and the fourth courthouse was erected in 1872 but burned in 1873. The fifth courthouse was built but burned in 1875. The sixth courthouse was constructed in 1875 to 1879. In 1904, Scranton and Pascagoula merged. The seventh and present courthouse was constructed in 1948 to 1949.

 

County General Services Building – Pascagoula 

 

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Location:  2915 Canty Street / Convent Avenue

Built:  2010 – 2012

Style:  Modern

Architect:  JBHM Architects

Contractor:  Ben M Radcliff Contractor, Inc. of Mobil, Alabama.

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story white colored concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Pascagoula to the south of the courthouse. The building extends south with a west wing. Most of the building is constructed on stilts with a second story and four story center structure. The windows are horizontal and the roof line is flat. The building houses the County Administration.

 

Note:  The cost of construction was $12,000,000.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Pascagoula

 

 

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County Courts Building – Pascagoula

 

 

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Picture 1875 County Courthouse

 

 

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County General Services Building ( Administration ) – Pascagoula

 

 

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Photos taken 2011 and 2020