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The seat of government for Union County, the city of New Albany, Mississippi is situated along the Tallahatchie River, east of the Holly Springs National Forest, and about twenty-seven miles northwest of Tupelo. Nearby communities include Baker, Beacon Hill, Center, Concord, Darden, Enterprise, Keownville, Martintown, Myrtle, Poolville, Shari, and Union Hill. New Albany grew up around a grist mill and saw mill that were established along the river around 1840, and soon grew to be a river port city. The city’s growth was set back during the War of Northern Aggression when Union troops burned all but a few buildings in the town. Union County was organized in 1870, and New Albany was designated the county seat, largely due to its location near the center of the county. Two railroads came through New Albany in the 1880s, connecting the city with points north, south, east and west. The railroad depot clerk was the father of author William Faulkner, who was born in New Albany. Today, the city is home to factories, shopping centers, and a historic downtown.


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