Rez History

ROSS BARNETT RESERVOIR HISTORY

This page is a compilation of articles appearing on The Rez News that pertain to the history of the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

If you have any old photos or articles about the Reservoir please let us know. We will scan them and place them on this site for all to see. Email us at thereznews@gmail.com
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1959 article about a supreme court challenge to PRVWSD
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1960 article about construction beginning on reservoir
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A photo of the Spillway and the main lake prior to it filling. 
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Story of a plane that crashed into The Rez in 1972
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Photos looking east and west of the unfinished dam. 
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Fossil discovered at reservoir identified
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Giant fossil discovered at reservoir construction site in 1962
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Two construction photos of the Spillway. 
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History of The Friendship, the large houseboat on The Rez.
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Post Card of Main Harbor, from late 1970's.
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Photo showing first phase Dam construction.
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Article (with video) about the fire at Main Harbor Marina, April 2000
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Aerial photo of Spillway under construction, circa 1961
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Aerial photo of Lakeshore Park, circa 1965.
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Aerial photo showing clearing of area for east side of dam, circa 1960
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Old aerial photo showing construction of the Trestle across
Pelahatchie Bay
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A history of the Fannin Community
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Photo showing the construction of the Control Tower, from the early 1960's
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Brochure advertising the Mill Creek subdivision from the late 1970's
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A photo of the spillway as it was nearing completion, from the early 1960's
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Two photo's showing the east and west side of the river below the spillway, taken in April 1962
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Panoramic photo of Jackson, circa 1910
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Copy of PRVWSD Board minutes proclaiming the The Rez be named The Ross R. Barnett Reservoir.
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Photo of a bridge crossing the Pearl River, taken before the Main Lake filled.
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Photo of workers standing in front of the Spillway before the main lake filled.
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Artice (with photos) about the gas line explosion in 1986.
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Article about the Low Head Dam.
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Article from the April 19, 1958 Clarion Ledger discussing the bill that passed the Miss. House of Representative creating the Pearl Reservoir.
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Article about the goats that once inhabited islands in The Rez
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Question about a restaurant that was once in the Reservoir Square Shopping Center
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Newspaper article from 1962 documenting a dispute between the PRVWSD and an engineering firm.
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Old photo showing the Captains Table Restaurant.
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When did The Rez first reach it's "full" level?
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Aerial photo of the old Jackson Yacht Club.
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Aerial photo of Roses Bluff before any home construction.

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Old photo of the Spillway right after the Pearl River was diverted to flow through it.
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Couple of old photos, one of the spillway before there was any water in the main lake and one shortly after the lake filled. 
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An article asking readers to "Name That Bar".
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The Reservoir Square Shopping Center and the old Jitney
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Article that links to a 1983 Clarion Ledger article about a lawsuit that forever changed the PRV leases.
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Article about Brashear Creek with photos of the Main Harbor area before it held any water. 
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Aerial photo of the spillway while it was under construction.
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Jackson Daily News Article about Rez residents wanting more representation on the PRVWSD Board.  From 1974.
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Old photo of the Lowhead dam area.
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Article about the lawsuit against the PRVWSD and the way it was using funds.  A link to a Clarion Ledger article dated April 6, 1982 explains the details. 
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Great aerial shot of the Rez before it filled up.  The photo is marked up to point out the old railroad that once ran across the reservoir.
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A follow up article done about a photo showing a plane flying over the main lake in 1962.
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Article with aerial photo of plane flying over the early rez circa 1962.  Shows the old G M & O railroad bridge that ran across the reservoir.
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Article with a photo and link to a July 1986 Clarion Ledger article about "The Friendship" sinking in a thunderstorm.  The boat was owned by Father Edward Balser.
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An ad stating you could "Fly Over The Reservoir For $6" from the July 1965 "Reservoir News and Views", plus 5 pages from the newspaper.
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More pages from the July 1965 Reservoir News and Views.
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A few more pages from the July 1965 Reservoir News and Views, plus a photo of an ad for a bait shop in Ridgeland.
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More pages from the July 1965 Reservoir News and Views.
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The first few pages of the July 1965 Reservoir News and Views.
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Article containing the text of a 1974 Clarion Ledger article about representation for residents of the reservoir area. 
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September 1961 Clarion Ledger article about the Spillway opening for the first time.
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Article containing a link to a December 1967 Field and Stream article about fishing on the reservoir written by the legendary Grits Gresham.  The article was about a fishing trip Grit's made with local fishing legend Don Norton. 
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Article about the old GM&O railroad that ran across the reservoir and had to be relocated. 
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Article with a link to an early 1960's brochure on the Ross Barnett Reservoir.  Very interesting. 
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Old photo showing the railroad and trestle that crosses the east side of the lake.
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Rare aerial color photo of the Main Harbor area before The Breakers were built.
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Old aerial photo of the area where the dam would be built, dated 9/19/1960.
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Article about Bob Anthony and why Spillway Road was named after him.
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Article about the PRVWSD and it's purpose. 
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Article about the laws establishing the PRVWSD.
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