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History of Itawamba County in New Local Book
Local author tells story of this Mississippi county through vintage photographs.
Itawamba County takes its name from Chief Itawamba, a prominent leader of the Chickasaw Indians. Formed in 1836 from ceded Chickasaw Indian lands, the county was settled by hardy, industrious pioneers seeking new opportunities in a new land. The legacy of these hardworking settlers continues with the photographic history portrayed in Images of America: Itawamba County.
Beautiful and immense hardwood forests that provided shelter for its pioneers later became the source of a logging boom, with sawmills and oxen being a familiar sight. Life in Itawamba County was not all work and no play, however. The county has a rich musical heritage: local musician Jordan Cockrell won first place in the World Championship Fiddling Contest held at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis; the “First Lady of Country Music,” Tammy Wynette, and jazz great Jimmie Lunceford, known as the “King of Syncopation,”
Highlights of Itawamba County:
• The muddy divide
• Musical heritage
• Faces from the past
• Teaching and preaching
• Sawmills and boom times
Mona Robinson Mills, a sixth-generation Itawambian, is delighted to share this homage to the county of her heritage. A member of the Itawamba County Historical Society, Mona is also a genealogical blogger with a passion for vintage photographs.
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