In 1872, three settlements united and formed the town of McComb. Named after a railroad official, the town of McComb employed many in the railroad business during its early years. Throughout the early 20th century, McComb became respected for its thriving, diverse industry.
Tucked in the southwest corner of the state, the residents of McComb enjoy a quiet, slow-paced town. Here, visitors will discover a town that clearly values tradition, yet welcomes newcomers with a genuine smile. McComb is justifiably proud of the fact that it was named the "Hospitality City" of the "Hospitality State" not only once, but three years in a row. Not only are the people here friendly, but they sure know how to grow camellias too. In fact, McComb is known as "The Camellia City of America"- and boasts the country's largest variety of this simply stunning plant.
Since the city got its start as a railroad town, it is only appropriate that it have a railroad museum. McComb's refurbished 1901 depot is now home to the McComb City Railroad and Depot Museum. The museum contains a large and varied collection of railroad memorabilia including bells, model trains, and fascinating photographs. Children of all ages will enjoy the outdoor museum, which displays a variety of trains, including a rare steam locomotive.
For those with a taste for adventure, McComb offers an excellent year round climate that begs to be taken advantage of. One outstanding outlet is the Bogue Chitto Water Park. The Bogue Chitto River is an excellent location for canoeing, tubing, and almost every water sport activity. There is something here for nearly all experience and fitness levels. Those who prefer the land will not be disappointed with Percy Quin State Park. This 1700-acre park contains an eight-mile nature trail, and a truly picturesque lake. Grand magnolia trees, gentle rolling hills, and endless wildlife make this a worthwhile visit. Visitors are advised to bring a snack, relax and enjoy.
McComb is approximately 100 miles north of New Orleans, Louisiana, and 80 miles south of Jackson, MS, just off Interstate 55.