- Posted January 21, 2013 by
Mississippi Court House Burns
This vidieo was made, on Sunday Evening January 17, 2013, at the small town of Walthall, Mississippi, which is the county seat of Webster County.
The county seat was formerly located at Greensboro, which no longer exists, except for an old cemetery.
The county seat of Webster county was moved to Walthall, in around 1876.
Walthall is located on Highway 9 West of Eupora, Mississippi.
What we see here, are the sides of the old court house, that are still standing, after an early morning fire, that burned the building.
We see some of the neighborhood, around the court house, and the post office across the road, and can see the old Webster County Jail in the back.
This court house was bulit by a company, from Jackson, Miississippi, in 1915, using very rare Terra cotta bricks.
There is a story told by some people, about a murder trial, in progress, at this court house, years ago, and armed guards were seen on the roof, of this building, and the roof of the jail, out back, and a closed bed truck, backing up to the cell door, loading the accused murderer, and backing up to the court house door, and unloading the prisoner, for court.
This story, and many more can be told about this place, which has a lots of interesting history.
On Thursday Morning, January 17, 2012,at around 2am, a person, on his way to the post office, noticed the blaze, and called in the fire.
There were several fire departments that responded to the fire, including nearby Bellfontaine, Mantee, Mathiston, Maben, Bywy, Calhoun County, and East Oktibbeha volunteer fire department, which used a tank for water and ladder.
At the time of the fire, it was snowing, and the area was under a winter storm warning.
The firemen had to battle the blaze with strong gush of winds, empowering the fire.
It is thought the fire started in one of the downstairs offices, with wiring.
Many records were saved, and there are hopes of retrieving the others.
This is the same county, where on April 27, 2011, a tornado swept through the area, and completely destroyed East Webster High School, in nearby Cumberland.
After that tornado, with the cooperation of the people and the county officials, the athletic facilites were restored and their first football game of the season, was played, in the following September, and the construction of the new school, is expected to be finished for the school year of 2014.
It is expected, and hoped that same cooperation and support will be shown, and this court house will be restored, at this same spot, as you can see, the walls are still standing and firm.