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Mississippi County Statistics

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 428.91 square miles , of which 413.16 square miles is land.


About Mississippi County, MO

Mississippi County is a county located in the Bootheel of Southeast Missouri in the United States . As of the 2000 U.S. Census , the county's population was 13,427. A 2008 estimate, however, showed the population to be 13,504. The largest city and county seat is Charleston . The county was officially organized on February 14, 1845, and was named after the Mississippi River .

Mississippi County is located in what was formerly known as "Tywappity Bottom," a vast area bordered by the Scott County Hills on the north, St. James Bayou on the south, the Mississippi River on the east and Little River on the west. In 1540, Hernando De Soto penetrated to the Arkansas River and perhaps well into Southeast Missouri, populated only by various Native American tribes. Under the pressure of a constantly advancing white immigration, the Native Americans were forced to retreat further westward to survive. The entire area of Southeast Missouri was noted for its level swampy lowlands, subject to the overflow of the Mississippi River during periods of excessively heavy rainfall. Virgin forests attracted the timber barons who demanded the forests. Following the clearing of the land, levees were built and drainage districts were formed. As hundreds of miles of levees and dikes were constructed within the drainage districts, thousands of acres of land were reclaimed for agriculture use. The reclaimed land, was...


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