"greenwood, mississippi" Greenwood by doug48

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greenwood is located in northwest mississippi at the intesection of US 82 and US 49. greenwood is the county seat of leflore county and is named after choctaw chief greenwood leflore. prior to the treaty of dancing rabbit creek in 1830 the area around greenwood was inhabited by the choctaw native american tribe. the first settler to the area was john williams and the settlement was called williams landing. in 1844 the town was incorporated and renamed greenwood. prior to the civil war greenwood was a prosperous cotton market town. after the civil war the economy of greenwood was crippled during the decade of radical reconstruction. in the 1880's a railroad was built through greenwood and it's cotton based economy recovered. during this period greenwood's "cotton row" was built on front street in downtown. cotton production in the area started to decline in the late 1940's and 1950's and today the economy of greenwood depends on a nearby prison. two notable residents of greenwood are the actor morgan freeman and the singer bobbie gentry. of interest to the tourist are greenwood's mississippi blues trail sites and cotton row downtown. for those interested in civil rights history nearby money mississippi is the site of the murder of emmitt till in 1955.

  • Last visit to Greenwood: Sep 2010
  • Intro Updated Oct 29, 2010
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    Sep 4, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Another city we went to when my Father worked in Mississippi, but don't remember anything about. I remember it being fiercely hot, humid, a lot of insects, and the foot deep cracks in the ground from lack of rain.

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