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During the years when Knox Glass Company was at its peak, the area around it was known as Pearl City. The Gulf States Creosote Company was another firm contributing to the growth of this community. The name Pearl City gave way to Flowood for the Underwood family, prominent citizens. Mrs. Underwood’s given name was Florence. Combining the first three letters of her name with “wood”, the last syllable of the name Underwood, resulted in the name Flowood.