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Myrtle is a small town in Union County, Mississippi. The original location of the town was about two miles south of the current town site, and was named for the large number of myrtle trees that were growing in the area. Businesses began locating north of the original town site after the railroad bypassed Myrtle by two miles in 1866. The new town adopted the original name of Myrtle, while the original town site became known as Avanelle, but the Avenelle post office closed after a Myrtle post office was established, and became known as Old Myrtle. Today, Old Myrtle is within the town limits of Myrtle, and nearer to US Highway 78. The current town of Myrtle was incorporated in 1890 after it was platted by W.C. Graham, who owned the land where the train depot was located. In its prime, Myrtle was home to sixteen stores and businesses, as well as a lumber yard and planer mill, cotton gin, and train depot. While passenger train service was still offered, people would take the train for a day of shopping in Myrtle, or they might stay at the Holloway Hotel. Myrtle is located on the eastern edge of the Holly Springs National Forest, along US Highway 78, southeast of Hickory Flat and northwest of New Albany. Other nearby communities include Concord, Cornersville, Cotton Plant, Darden, Enterprise, Martintown, Poolville, and Shari. Tupelo, Mississippi is thirty-five miles southeast, and Memphis, Tennessee is about seventy-five miles northwest of Myrtle.



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