The City of Bay Springs
Bay Springs is located in east-central Mississippi in Jasper County. At the intersection of state highways 15 and 18. Near the center of the city, stands a gazebo shading a natural spring that is the city’s namesake. In the small valley of these clear flowing waters, Joe Blankenship settled in the 1880’s and built the sawmill that became the city’s early industrial base. By 1900, the population numbered forty-six. When the Mobile-Jackson and Kansas City Railroad was built through the town in the early 1900’s, lumberman L. L. Denson moved there from Lake Como and became the founder of the Municipality of Bay Springs in 1904.
Bay Springs is the county seat and largest incorporated city in Jasper County. With a population of 2,194 , Bay Springs makes up about 10% of the total county population of 18,162. As the central hub of Jasper County, the city is headquarters for the five-man Board of Supervisors which govern the county, the full-time Sheriff’s Department and Jasper General Hospital. Four state highways converge in or near Bay Springs, Hwys 15, 18, 531, and 528.