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Michael Deering

January 1, 2019

Helena, Arkansas About three years before the Civil War there was a famine so desperate that thousands of the Irish people came to the United States to earn a livelihood.  Among these people was a young man from the north of Ireland named Michael Deering.  He had been educated by the Catholic Church as a… Read More ›

Trotter’s Landing (Glendale)

The area of Southern Tunica County and Northern Coahoma County directly across from Helena is known as Trotter’s Landing.  Through the years, the region has been referred to as Glendale, Mississippi as well.  On an early map of Tunica County, there are several place names including Trotter’s landing, Trotter’s Point,  and State Levee.  This was… Read More ›

Clayton, Mississippi

Clayton is located about six miles south of Tunica on Old Highway 61.  In 1940, there were two plantation stores and a population of about 20 people.  There was an old brick commissary store for years at Clayton, but was recently torn down. The community started in 1885 and was named for Judge Alexander Mosby… Read More ›

Some Bodies of Water in Southern Tunica County

In 1939, the WPA described a number of lakes and bayous in Tunica County.  Here is a partial list.  More will come in the future.    Taken directly from the WPA journals on Counties of Mississippi found in the Department of Archives, Mississippi. Six Mile and Two Mile Lake: These two lakes in the southeastern… Read More ›

Dundee, Mississippi

Dundee was founded around 1885 in Southern Tunica County along the Yazoo and Missouri Valley Railroad.  Since J.B. Carnes owned most of the land in this area, the community was named Carnesille.  He gave land for the site of the first depot. The name was changed though because there was confusion with another community named… Read More ›

Dubbs, Mississippi

Dubbs was founded in 1873 and first known as Slab town.  Slab town drew it’s name because the buildings were made of slabs from the nearby saw mills.  The new name came from the hickory tree.  Children in the community called the twin nuts produced by the hickory trees dubbs, so the people decided to… Read More ›

Maud, Mississippi

Maud was a flag stop on the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad about 8 miles south of Tunica.  It was originally called Busby when a post office was located there in 1899.  When it was found that there was already a post office called Busby, the place name was changed to Maud.  Maud was named… Read More ›

Dr. Johnson’s Home

Dr. and Miss Hal Glenn Johnson of Dundee built their home in the Old English rambling type architecture.  It was built of Klinker brick and is copied form an Old English home in England.  It had hand hewn timbers in the sun parlor and entrance that led to the living room.  The home was beautiful… Read More ›

Tunica county in October

Tunica county in October is a busy place as the farmers are getting their crops out of the fields.  Soybeans, cotton, rice, and corn are being harvested.  Fields are quickly being burned afterward and cleared for the winter. Nothing like a Delta night overlooking the cotton bales. Erie but beautiful

Hamlin. Tunica County. (Ghost town)

Hamlin was located along the tracks between Lula and Dundee. It is easy to find even though not much is left of this village today. Hamlin was located in a curve where Old Highway 61 went over the railroad tracks. Today only a graveyard remains which was located behind an old church that was torn… Read More ›

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