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1833--Mississippi County was created 1 November 1833 from Crittenden County.
Osceola was selected as the County seat in 1833 and got its name from the then famous Indian Chief.
In 1833 Osceola was a collection of log huts on the bank of the Mississippi River.
The earliest settlers were Edwin Jones, John P. Edrington, Thos. DeWitt, William Bard, E. F. Lloyd, J. W. Whitworth, J. C. Bowen, Charles Bowen, E. H. Fletcher, John W. Williams, F. R. Lanier, the McGavocks, the Craigheads, and Peter Reeves.
[The above information is excerpted from History of Mississippi County, Arkansas by Mabel F. Edrington, 1962.]
The present Mississippi County was created on November 1, 1833, though some border changes occurred later, most notably when Craighead County was created in 1859. By the time of Arkansas statehood in 1836, the county’s population had grown slightly, and more land had been cleared for farming. The Indian population was gradually displaced, moving west toward Big Lake. The western part of the county included the Buffalo Island area and was separated from the eastern part by Big Lake and the Little River. The isolation of this part of the county made it a popular place for outlaws and other unsavory characters to live.
The 1840 census showed 900 whites and 510 slaves for a total of 1,410. Osceola was named the county seat in 1833 and was first incorporated in 1843. Other early settlements and towns were Barfield, Chickasawba (later incorporated into Blytheville), and Elmot (now Luxora).
In addition to the already incorporated Osceola, Blytheville was incorporated in 1892; Manila, first settled in 1868, was incorporated in 1901; and Leachville was incorporated in 1916. [Source: Excerpted from "The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture"]
Cities, Towns and Other Populated Places
Bassett * Birdsong * Blytheville * Burdette * Dell * Dyess * Etowah * Gosnell *
Joiner * Keiser * Leachville * Luxora * Manila * Marie * Osceola * Victoria * Wilson
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