Cross City was founded in 1854 by surveyors Houston Mitchell and Hamilton Mask where the Mobile & Ohio Railroad intersected with the Memphis & Charleston line, the only such site of its kind in the west at that time. Following the widespread Victorian fad of naming towns after classical locations, in 1855, Cross City was renamed “Corinth” after the famous crossroads of ancient Greece. Located only 10 miles from the Tennessee-Mississippi state line, Corinth has a long and colorful history of strategic importance to the entire country.
Co-author LuAnne Parrish, a fourth-generation, lifelong Corinthian, received her bachelor of science in history from Mississippi University for Women in 1978. She has been a living history reenactor for more than 20 years and agrees with her late mother’s assessment, “If I miss heaven, at least I got to live in Corinth, Mississippi!”
Co-author Jesse Ables is not a native Corinthian, but he got here as soon as he could. A native of South Texas, Jesse studied art at Texas State University. He has worked for over 45 years in the commercial printing industry and now proudly holds “dual citizenship”
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