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Smithville, Mississippi is in upper Monroe County, in the northeastern part of the state, and near the Alabama border. Situated on the Gaines Trace Road, which was surveyed by E.P. Gaines in 1807, it is one of the older towns in the county. The community grew up around a trading post that was established on land owned by Che-lah-cha-chubby, a Chickasaw chief, in 1820, at what is now the intersection of Highway 25 and the Hatley-Smithville Road. Gaines Trace was an important travel route for people migrating from the northeast. Smithville was incorporated in 1845, and a post office was established there that year. When the American Civil War broke out, the men from Smithville formed a company that they called the Red Rovers, which was under the command of Major Barr. Smithville is situated on the southeastern banks of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Nearby communities include Carolina, New Salem, Parham, and Turon. Amory, Mississippi is nine miles southwest, and Tupelo is thirty miles northwest of Smithville. According to its comprehensive plan, Smithville is currently involved in a “smart growth” agenda.

 

 

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