It is time to take one more step into the Jackson municipal airport past. Newspaper articles from the late 1950's show the efforts made by the city of Jackson to build a new airport. The articles show how city fathers strove mightily to bring a "jet-age" airport to Jackson and find a way to pay for it without breaking the bank. It was a time of excitement and anticipation for Jackson as the project to build the reservoir was underway as well. There were heroes and villains but in the end, progress was made. Some highlights of the articles are:
*Oliver Emmerich (Wyatt Emmerich's father) bragged in a headline that Jackson would "be 16 hours from any sport in the entire world".
*Articles covering the ground-breaking ceremonies (p.4)
*Jackson would double air passengers from 1959 to 1965 (p.9).
*77% of voters approved a $3 million bond issue for construction of airport.(p.12)
*Newspaper ad promoting bond issue (p.13)
*Editorial criticizing railroads for opposing airport project (p.14)
*Louis Cotton led fight against bond issue. (p. 15-16)
*Railroad opposes airport unless, get this, the air carriers paid for its construction. (p.17-18)
*Air National Guard states it will have to cut its funding for part of the airport construction by $1.3 million. (p.19)
*City Council appropriates $125,000 for purchase of new land for airport project. Federal government will provide matching funds. (p.20)
*Rankin County Board of Supervisors praised the Jackson Airport Commission for placing the new airport in Rankin County. Entire resolution is published. (p.28)
Jackson lost federal funds over airport segregation.
The airport opens
How the airport was won.
The new airport's master plan.
Why is the Jackson airport in Rankin County?
Why Jackson built a new airport.
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