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Byhalia, Mississippi is a small town in Marshall County, in the northeastern portion of the state. The town was founded in 1838, and centered around land that was purchased by C.W. Rains and Wash Poe, near the intersection of Pigeon Roost Road (Church Street) and the Collierville-Chulahoma Road (Highway 309), the former of which was part of the Chickasaw Trail in 1835, and the path followed by Hernando DeSoto, the Spanish explorer, in 1541. Due to its location at a crossroads, Byhalia developed as a trade center for northern Mississippi for a time, as it was a stagecoach stop. However, a railroad was constructed through Holly Springs in 1852, supplanting the stage line and bypassing Byhalia. Like much of the South, Byhalia suffered greatly during the War of Northern Aggression and the Reconstruction period, with cotton being the most significant aspect of its economy. Nearby communities include Ingrams Mill, Stonewall, Victoria, and Warsaw. Memphis, Tennessee is about thirty-four miles to the northwest.


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