Introduction to Meridian, Mississippi
Meridian, Mississippi, in Lauderdale county, is located 86 miles E of Jackson, Mississippi (center to center) and is 185 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city has a population of approximately 39,968.
The city of Meridian was so named by the early settlers, who by mistake thought the city name meant "junction". The city was originally inhabited by the Choctaw Native Americans. After the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek was signed, the European- Americans started moving in to this area. Meridian was incorporated in the year 1860. The first settler of the area was Richard McLemore who offered offering free land to people in order to develop the city.
Meridian and nearby Attractions
- Clarkco State Park
- Bluff Hall
- Bienville National forest
- Homochitto National Forest
- Demopolis Country Club
Things To Do In Meridian
Being surrounded by rich vegetation packed in several national forest reserves and state parks, the tourists can enjoy the bounty of nature in Bienville National Forest, Homochitto National Forest and Clarkco State Park. Tourists can also visit the Bluff Hall, which was built by the slaves of Allen Glover in the year 1832 to serve as a wedding gift to his daughter.
Tourists can avail air transportation from Jackson International Airport.
Meridian Higher Education
The city of Meridian offers higher educational facilities at the East Central Community College, East Mississippi Community College, Meridian Community College, and University of West Alabama.