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Situated near the Mississippi River, the town of Tunica, Mississippi is the county seat of Tunica County. The community was named for the Tunica people, a group of Native American tribes that inhabited the area before being pushed out by European-American settlement. Established in 1884, Tunica was one of the most impoverished paces in the United States until the 1990s. Its economic status has improved considerably since a resort gambling area was developed in nearby Robinsonville, also known as Tunica Resorts. Although most of the development has occurred outside of Tunica, the casinos have employed several locals, and visitors shop in local stores and stay in local hotels. Tunica was first settled in the early 1800s, but it became known for its poverty conditions, which did not improve considerably until nearby casinos were introduced in the early 1990s. Today, the town serves largely as a bedroom community that also sustains some commercial development, including guest accommodations. US Highway 61 passes through the eastern portion of town, in a north-south direction. Nearby communities include North Tunica, Hollywood, and Robinsonville, to the north, as well as Austin, Banks, Clayton, Cottonville, Dooley, Dubbs, Evansville, Little Texas, Lost Lake, Maud, and Prichard. Memphis, Tennessee is about fifty-two miles northeast of Tunica.


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