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Founded in 1833.
Oktibbeha is a Native American word meaning either bloody water (because of a battle fought on the banks between
the Chickasaws and Choctaws) or possibly "icy creek".
By 1835, the county seat had been established at Boardtown, which changed its name to Starkville in honor of General
John Stark, a hero of the Revolutionary War.
A part of its northern area taken in 1872 assisted in forming the new county of Clay, and in 1874 another piece
of the county went to form Sumner, afterward Webster County. In 1875, fire swept through downtown Starkville destroying
Indian artifacts over 2000 years old have been found near the Indian mounds adjacent to Indian Mound Campground,
just east of Starkville.
The county seat is Starkville
Communities in the County
Starkville -- Maben (partly in Webster County) -- Sturgis
Bradley -- Longview -- Mississippi State -- Oktoc -- Osborn -- Sessums