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Senatobia, Mississippi is the county seat of Tate County. The first known European-American settler was James Peters, who came in April of 1834, when he bought two sections of land from the Chickasaw Nation, and the town of Senatobia was later developed on that land, and named for the Indian word for “White Sycamore,” which was a symbol for “rest for the weary.” Originally a rest stop on the trail leading to Hot Springs Arkansas, Senatobia became a railroad town when the Tennessee and Mississippi Railroad came through in 1856, and the town was incorporated in 1860. The new town was off to a bad start when its business section was burned twice by Union troops during the American Civil War, and many wooden buildings on Main Street and Front Street were destroyed by fire in 1874. Senatobia was selected as the county seat after Tate County was organized in 1873. In 1927, the Tate County Agricultural High School expanded to include a junior college, which was accredited as Northwest Junior College in 1928, which is currently known as Northwest Mississippi Community College. Nearby communities include Antioch, Arkabutla, Buxton, Coldwater, Como, Cottonville, Crenshaw, Crossroad, Dooley, Kings Corner, Longtown, Looxahoma, McGhee, New Town, Prichard, Sarah, and Thyatira. Memphis, Tennessee is forty miles north of Senatobia.


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