Tupelo and the Upper Tombigbee

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Regional History 

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The Natchez Trace

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Austin’s on Main (Pontotoc)

Butcher Block (Pontotoc)

Saxon’s Drive In (Houston)

Things to See and Do

Bynum Mounds (Natchez Trace)

Trace State Park (Natchez Trace)

Witch Dancing Trails (Natchez Trace)

Local Info and History 

Chickasaw: est. 1836, pop. 17,392

Pontotoc: est. 1836; pop. 29,957

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Algoma: pop. 590

Ecru: pop. 895

Houston: (CS) pop. 3,623

New Houlka: pop. 626

Okolona: (CS) pop. 2,692

Pontotoc: (CS) pop. 5,625

Sherman: pop. 650

Thaxton: pop. 643

Toccopola: pop. 246

Houston: The Drama Behind the Name

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Bill’s Hamburgers (Amory)

Comer’s Restaurant (Mantachie)

Homer’s BBQ (Fulton)

Things to See or Do

Downtown Aberdeen (Aberdeen)

Odd Fellows Cemetery (Fulton)

Tom Otterness Play Park (Fulton)

Local Info and History 

Itawamba: est. 1836, pop. 23,401

Monroe: est. 1821, pop. 36,989

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Aberdeen: (CS) pop. 5,612

Amory: pop. 7316

Fulton: (CS) pop. 3,882

Mantachie: pop. 1,144

Tremont: pop. 390

Amory and Cotton Gin Port

Fulton and Itawamba County

Bill’s Hamburgers

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Blue Canoe (Tupelo)

Kermit‘s Outlaw Kitchen (Tupelo)

Johnnie’s Drive In (Tupelo)

Things to See and Do

Elvis Birthplace Museum (Tupelo)

Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo (Tupelo)

Tupelo Veterans Museum (Tupelo)

Local Info and Histories

Lee: est. 1866, pop 82,910

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Baldwyn: pop. 3,297

Nettleton: pop. 1,992

Saltillo: pop. 4,752

Tupelo: (CS) pop. 34,546 

Verona: pop. 3,007

A Short Piece on Tupelo

The Little Town of Nettleton

Antoine the Friendly Ghost

Elvis Leaving Tupelo

Elvis: ”Becoming”

Some Earlier Elvis Performances

Tupelo Veterans Park