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A History of Rankin County Mississippi, Volume I contains interesting facts about communities in our county which we plan to share with you in these pages. Many of these communities you know, others no longer exist, but all figure in our Rankin County heritage. How many do you know?

Post Office Building, Cato, MS

Cato was established in 1830 and is the oldest settlement in the southeastern section of Rankin County. Long before the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad came through the area, Cato was said to be an important trading post,boasting four stores, two saloons, and a rock warehouse. Its settlers came from Georgia and the Carolinas.
The first post office was opened at Cato in May 1857 and one of its first postmasters was Frank Martin. Cato Springs Baptist church, founded in 1854, was named for a free flowing spring found at the foot of the hill.

An old community located on the Rankin and Scott County line, Clarksburg was about equal distance between Morton and Pelahatchie. It is not known just when it was settled, but Line Creek Baptist Church was established in 1839, so there were people in the area at that time. Old Highway 80 went down its main street and made a sharp left turn on its way to Morton. Clarksburg had a post office from 1890 until 1923. There were several stores, a gin, grist mill and a hotel.
Clarksburg had a small railroad station; the trains stopped only in case of an emergency, or if a passenger wanted to detrain.
Schools around Clarksburg were Barker Prairie School, Mulberry School, Armstead School, Rocky Springs and Ashley School. Ashley School was named for Ashley Creek and during the rainy season some children could not get to school. The rules were finally changed to allow those children to attend a school on their side of the Creek.

Located three miles west of Florence, Cleary was established before 1890 but was not known by that name until a post office was opened in 1890 and given the name by officials in Washington, D.C. Early settlers were W.M. Renno and H.H. Teasley; Renno served as postmaster until the office was discontinued in 1912. Mt. Sinai Methodist Church is located in this community.

This community was named for a nearby clear spring branch that flows through the area. The name was later changed to Whites. There was a post office at Whites from 1890 until 1908.

Comeby was a sawmill town near Star and Belpine. It was named for the favorite expression of Mr. John R. Webster, owner of the mill, “Come by to see me”. Comeby had a post office from 1903 until 1918.