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.

If you would like to contribute to this site please Jeff Kemp, McNairy County Coordinator -  Email

Chester

Hardeman

Hardin

Alcorn Co., MS Tippah Co, MS Tishomingo Co., MS

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