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Madison, Mississippi is named for the fourth president of the United States, James Madison. In the pre-Civil War era, the city of Madison began growing along a bustling railroad track, although at that time it was only Illinois’ Central Railroad station, Madison Station. Nearby Madisonville was a flourishing settlement, yet as the newly established railroad community began to thrive, Madisonville—with its two banks, race track, wagon factory and hotel—slowly began dying. Madison Station—like many southern railroad towns—fell victim to the Civil War, being largely destroyed in the 1861 Jackson siege. While no battles were fought in Madison, the command of Major General S.D. Lee was concentrated in Madison station for a time.

Following the Civil War, the Madison Land Company encouraged those from the north to “Go South and Grow Up with the Country.” The Land Company was offering prime land for a mere $3 per acre. The low price was coupled with some rather “tall tales” by the Land Company which claimed the state of Mississippi had the lowest debt ratio in the country and that residents of Mississippi were considerably healthier than those in New York and Massachusetts.

The business and residential sections of Madison were almost destroyed in 1900 when a fire roared through the city, however some of the oldest, most historic buildings did survive and are still being used and enjoyed today. There are three churches on Main Street in Madison which are prime examples of the 1930’s style of architecture (the Susan B. Montgomery Memorial Methodist Church, the St. Paul’s A.M.E. Church and the Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church.

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