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Billups is an unincorporated community in Lowndes County, Mississippi.

Billups is located at 33°25′50″N 88°35′06″W / 33.43056°N 88.58500°W / 33.43056; -88.58500 west of Columbus and just south of Golden Triangle Regional Airport. According to the United States Geological Survey, variant names are Billups Gate and Billups Station. It is the site of the former Billups Gate Plantation, founded by Thomas Carleton Billups in 1852. He owned surrounding plantations that included; The Billups Mims Place, The Billups Whitfield Place, The Billups Tuttle Place and the Billups Hearon Place. Billups Station was the whistle stop for Billups Gate. The site is famous locally for the former "cheese plant" that descendants of T. C. Billups built in the 1920s. It consisted of two buildings and operated for just one year under the control of Borden Milk. It was hoped to improve the economy of the area after the arrival of the boll weevil when Jersey cows were replacing cotton as the cash crop.

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