Jasper County is the #one gas and oil producing county in Mississippi, and most of this valuable asset is located in and around the Town of Heidelberg. With 2 industrial parks located near Interstate 59, and site ready land available, Heidelberg is a prime location for new industry or business..
Denbury Oil well in Heidelberg
Located about twelve miles southeast of Paulding, Heidelberg was formed in 1882 and was named for I. W.. Heidelberg, founder of the town. Heidelberg became thickly settled in 1882 when work first began on the Southern Railroad. Before this time there were a few settlers scattered about the area but no community had been formed.
Heidelberg is a friendly town with a great sense of community, good educational facilities (public and private school available). The city also has a great climate and convenient accessibility to state highways, airports, and larger cities. Contact the city clerk at (601) 787-3000 for more information.
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Main Street of Heidelberg (map below)
Jasper County was carved out of Choctaw lands by the Mississippi Lesiglature in 1833, after the the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek.
For more Heidelberg history...visit Heidelberg's website.
Incorporated on March 12, 1884, Heidelberg was a post town 10 miles south of Paulding. Important railroad station, money and express orders, several stores, two large cotton gins, a bank, three churches and a good school, population: in 1900, 228, in 1906, 400. People - Heidelberg, Clayton, Risher, Abney, Dantzler, McCormick, Morrison, Lyon, Thatch, Burns, Jones, Parker, Weems, James, Cook, Kelly, Cooper, Rowell, Thornton, Wilson, Carr, Huddleston, Ellis, Satcher, Travis. Travis of the latter prominent lawyers in Jackson, , the others in Meridan. J. A Travis is employed by the Mississippi Education Association.
With a population of 840 at the 2000 census,
Heidelberg has a cost of living that is only 71% of the national average. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.1 mi². Most of it is land and 0.04 mi² of it (0.39%) is water. Much of the oil in Jasper County (the top oil producing county in Mississippi) is located in Heidelberg and has attracted many oil service businesses into the area to support this resource. Recent job growth in the city is 2.25% of the national average.