McNairy county was
carved out of territory that originally belonged to the Chickasaw
Indians. This was so until the treaty of about 1818, five years
before the passage of the act creating the county.
The legislation creating this county was in 1823, and was entitled
an "Act to establish a new county west of Hardin county." Of
interest to the people now living would be the original boundaries
of the county founded in that act. "Beginning at the southwest
corner of Hardin county, running thence north with the west
boundary of the same, twenty-seven and one-half miles, thence west
passing the southwest corner of Madison county, to a point three
miles west of the first range line, in the ninth district; thence
south parallel with said range line to the south boundary of this
state, thence east on the said boundary to the beginning."
The county comprised in area about 644 square miles, and its
population according to the first census taken after its creation,
the census of 1830, was 5,697.
Today, McNairy County is a small county. Population in 1990 was
22,422 and yet we try to stay abreast of technology. Our schools
are A+, we have industry, farms, a hospital. We have ten
incorporated towns but since they are small towns we are
considered a rural area. With the railroad no longer king,
McNairy County has two major highways winding through the
county, Hwy 64 and Hwy 45.
would like to contribute to this site please Jeff Kemp, McNairy County
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