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Encyclopedia > Tupelo, Mississippi
Tupelo, Mississippi
2006 billboard image promoting Tupelo during the golden anniversary of Elvis Presley's homecoming concert
Nickname: All America City, T-Town,
Location of Tupelo in Lee County
Location of Tupelo in Lee County
Coordinates: 34°15′35″N 88°43′33″W / 34.25972, -88.72583
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Lee
Founded
Incorporated 1870
Government
 - Mayor Ed Neelly
Area
 - City  51.4 sq mi (133.2 km²)
 - Land  51.1 sq mi (132.4 km²)
 - Water  0.3 sq mi (0.8 km²)
Population (2000)
 - City 35,930
 - Metro 131,953
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Website: www.ci.tupelo.ms.us

Tupelo (IPA: [tu:pəlo]) is the largest city and county seat within Lee County, Mississippi. It is the eighth largest city in the state of Mississippi, smaller than Meridian, and larger than Olive Branch. The Tupelo area — specifically the nearby village of Blue Springs — was selected during the spring of 2007 as the site for Toyota's eleventh U.S. automobile manufacturing plant. As of the 2000 United States Census, the city's population was 34,211. By 2006, the population was 35,930, with a micropolitan area population of 131,953, encompassing Lee, Pontotoc and Itawamba counties. The city is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley [1] Situated in northeast Mississippi, the city lies between Memphis, Tennessee and Birmingham, Alabama, along U.S. Highway 78 — slated to become Interstate 22 within a few years. Image File history File links Circle-question-red. ... Image File history File links 2006-homeagain. ... 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History

The town was originally named Gum Pond prior to the American Civil War, supposedly due to the high number of tupelo trees, locally known as sweetgum, that grow in the area. The city still hosts the Gumtree Arts Festival [2] each year. In the post-Civil War era, Tupelo became the northern Mississippi site for the crossing of a railroad, which brought industry to the town, establishing it as the center of commerce in the northern part of the state. Once the town began to grow, Gum Pond took on the name Tupelo, naming the town after the small Civil War battle that took place on the site. That site is now designated as Tupelo National Battlefield. That Battle of Tupelo was in turn named for the tupelo trees of the area. Tupelo was incorporated in 1870 with a population of 618. Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... For the city, see Tupelo, Mississippi. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Generally, a battle is an instance of combat in warfare between two or more parties wherein each group will seek to defeat the others. ... Tupelo National Battlefield is a unit of the National Park Service in Tupelo, Mississippi. ... Combatants United States of America Confederate States of America Commanders Andrew J. Smith Stephen D. Lee Nathan B. Forrest Strength Right Wing XVI Corps, 1st Brigade USCT (14,000) Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana (8,000) Casualties 648 1,300 The Battle of Tupelo was a Union victory... For the city, see Tupelo, Mississippi. ... 1870 (MDCCCLXX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


Tupelo made national history in 1934 as the first city in the United States to provide its citizens with electric power through the Tennessee Valley Authority. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited this First TVA City. Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... FDR redirects here. ...


Cultural and attractions

Tupelo, Mississippi area map of historic sites
  • Tupelo is the headquarters of the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, connecting Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee, while following the route of the original Natchez Trace trail.[1]
  • The Civil War battlefields include: Tupelo National Battlefield and Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield.
  • One of the largest automobile museums in North America, the Tupelo Automobile Museum [1] opened on December 7, 2002, Pearl Harbor Day, and was designated the official State of Mississippi automobile museum in the spring of 2003. The museum is home to more than 150 rare automobiles, all of which were the personal collection of WTVA founder Frank K. Spain.
  • Tupelo Community Theatre was founded in 1969 and has produced over 200 productions. In 2001 and 2004 it was the winner of the Mississippi Theatre Association Community Theatre festival and was a winner at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in 2004 with its production of Bel Canto. TCT's home is the historic Lyric Theatre, built in 1912.
  • The Tupelo Symphony Orchestra's season runs from September-April with concerts held at the Tupelo Civic Auditorium.[2] Special conductors and soloists appear regularly and the symphony also holds a free annual July 4 outdoor concert at Tupelo's Ballard Park that draws thousands of fans.
  • The Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo home to hundreds of animals and a large buffalo herd.
  • Tupelo's coliseum, the BancorpSouth Arena,[2] opened in 1993 and has hosted concerts by entertainers such as The Eagles, Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Aerosmith, Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elton John and Creed.
  • In 2005, under the leadership of the Tupelo Rotary Club, the city unveiled a statue of Chief Piomingo, a leader of the Chickasaw people, in front of the new city hall.
  • Tupelo's Oren Dunn City Museum displays relics from the American Civil War Battle of Tupelo as well as Indian artifacts and NASA exhibits.
  • April 2006 marked the 70th anniversary of the 1936 Tupelo Tornado, the fourth deadliest tornado in United States history and part of the Tupelo-Gainesville Outbreak of tornadoes on April 5-6, 1936. Historian Martis D. Ramage, Jr.'s book, "Tupelo, Mississippi, Tornado of 1936," chronicles the devastation of the tornado, with many rare photographs.
  • June 2006 was the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Elvis Presley Homecoming in Tupelo, the highlight of which was the famous 1956 concert at the Mississippi-Alabama State Fair & Dairy Show. The event was recreated at the eighth Elvis Presley Festival in Tupelo on June 3, 2006. The original site of the concert, the fairgrounds, is now part of Tupelo's Fairpark District. Documentary filmmakers Roy Turner and Jim Palmer premiered their new Presley documentary, "The Homecoming: Tupelo Welcomes Elvis Home", at the 2006 festival.
  • Authors who have spoken at the Lee County Library's annual Helen Foster Lecture series since its inception in 1974 have included Shelby Foote, Alex Haley, John Grisham, Rick Bragg, Pat Conroy, Ernest Gaines, Willie Morris, Beverly Sills and Alice Walker.
  • Built in 1937, Tupelo's beautiful Church Street Elementary School was hailed as one of the most outstanding designs of its time. A scale model of this Art Moderne structure was displayed at the 1939 New York World's Fair as "the ideal elementary school."

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Industry

  • Tupelo is the headquarters of the North Mississippi Medical Center, the largest non-metropolitan hospital in the United States. It serves people in North Mississippi, northwest Alabama and portions of Tennessee. The medical center was a winner of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2006.
  • Tupelo is the headquarters of two banking institutions - BancorpSouth, with approximately $11.8 billion in assets (2006), and Renasant, with assets of approximately $2.4 billion (2006).
  • The city is a three-time "All-America City Award" winner and boasts one of the largest furniture manufacturing industries nationwide. As journalist Dennis Seid of The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal noted in the February, 2006 edition of The Northeast Mississippi Business Journal, furniture manufacturing is crucial to the economy of Northeast Mississippi, "providing some 22,000 jobs, or almost 13% of the region's employment... with a $732 million annual payroll... producing $2.25 billion worth of goods."
  • Tupelo was the first Comcast cable system. Comcast is now the largest cable company in the world.

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Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there are 34,211 people, 13,395 households, and 9,108 families residing in the city. The population density is 258.4/km² (669.4/mi²). There are 14,551 housing units at an average density of 109.9/km² (284.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 69.40% White, 28.28% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 1.41% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There are 13,395 households out of which 34.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% are married couples living together, 16.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% are non-families. 28.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.47 and the average family size is 3.04. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population is spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.6 males.


The median income for a household in the city is $38,401. Males have a median income of $35,027 versus $23,988 for females. The per capita income for the city is $22,024. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ...


Government

Tupelo's current mayor is Republican Ed Neelly. The president of the Tupelo City Council is Dick Hill. The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ...


Located in the First Congressional District of Mississippi, Tupelo has been represented in the U. S. House of Representatives since 1995 by Roger Wicker, a Tupelo Republican who was reelected in 2004 with 71% of the vote. Mississippis four congressional districts since 2003 Mississippis first congressional district is in the northeast corner of the state. ... Congressman Roger F. Wicker Roger F. Wicker (born July 5, 1951) is an American politician and a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, a position he has held since 1995. ...


Media

The local daily newspaper is The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.


Tupelo is home to three television stations: WTVA (9), an NBC affiliate; WLOV (27), a FOX affiliate, and WKDH (45), an ABC affiliate. All three stations are located just outside the Tupelo city limits and were controlled by Frank K. Spain until his death on April 26, 2006. WTVA is the NBC television affiliate for the Tupelo-Columbus-West Point, Mississippi television market. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... WLOV-TV is the Fox network affiliate for the Columbus/Tupelo/West Point, Mississippi television market. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... WKDH is the ABC network affiliate for the Columbus/Tupelo/West Point, Mississippi television market. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Frank Kyle Spain (November 29, 1927 - April 25, 2006) was an American inventor and television engineer. ...


Geography and Climate

Tupelo is located at 34°15′35″N, 88°43′33″W (34.259585, -88.725885)GR1, in northeast Mississippi, north of Columbus, on Highway 78 mid way between Memphis, Tennessee (northwest) and Birmingham, Alabama (southeast). Columbus is a city in Lowndes County, Mississippi, United States] on the Tombigbee River. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Location in Jefferson County in the state of Alabama Coordinates: , Country United States State Alabama County Jefferson, Shelby Government  - Mayor Bernard Kincaid (D) Area  - City  151. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 133.2 km² (51.4 mi²). 132.4 km² (51.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.8 km² (0.3 mi²) of it (0.62%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...

Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F 77 84 85 93 94 101 105 106 103 92 87 79
Norm High °F 50.3 56 64.8 73.5 81 88 91.4 90.9 84.9 74.9 63 53.6
Norm Low °F 30.5 33.5 41.4 48.2 57.7 65.7 69.8 68.2 61.7 48.8 40 33.2
Rec Low °F -6 4 16 29 40 49 58 52 40 29 19 -3
Precip (in) 5.14 4.68 6.3 4.94 5.8 4.82 3.65 2.67 3.35 3.38 5.01 6.12
Source: USTravelWeather.com [1]

Education

The City of Tupelo is served by the Tupelo Public School District List of schools in Tupelo, Ms Carver Elementary, Church Street Elementary, M.L.King Early Childhood Education Center, Joyner Elementary, Lawhon Elementary, Lawndale Elementary, Milam Elementary, Parkway Elementary, Pierce Street Elementary, Rankin Elementary, Thomas Street Elementary, Tupelo Christian Preparatory School, Tupelo High School, Tupelo Middle School The Tupelo Public School District is a public school district based in Tupelo, Mississippi (USA). ...


Tupelo is also home to satellite campuses of the University of Mississippi, Itawamba Community College, and the Mississippi University for Women. The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. ... Itawamba Community College, formerly known as Itawamba Junior College, is a community college in Mississippi, United States, with two campuses; the main campus is located in Fulton, and a branch campus in Tupelo that mainly handles technical education programs. ... Mississippi University for Women, also known as MUW or sipmly the W is a four-year coeducational public university located in Columbus, Mississippi. ...


Famous people

Elvis Presley was born in east Tupelo in 1935. There is a life-sized bronze statue of "Elvis at 13" by sculptor Michiel Van der Sommen close by the little wooden house where Elvis was born (which is open to the public). The annual Elvis Presley Festival held in early June attracts music lovers from all over the world. A photo of the statue is available here. Nearby is Johnny's Drive-in, a local eatery that was frequented by the singer, and has several menu items he was said to favor. Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ...


Rockabilly singer-songwriter Jumpin' Gene Simmons, who had a hit in 1964 with the song "Haunted House" and wrote the Tim McGraw hit "Indian Outlaw" was born and died in Tupelo. Jumpin Gene Simmons (born July 10, 1937 in Tupelo, Mississippi; died August 29, 2006 in Tupelo, Mississippi) was an American rockabilly singer and songwriter. ...


Newspaper publisher George McLean bought Tupelo's Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in June, 1934 and remained publisher until his death in 1983. Using his newspaper to promote the cultural development of the area, he was one of the foremost community development figures in the United States, being named "Man of the Year" in 1937 by Nation Magazine at age 34.


Tupelo native Glenn L. McCullough Jr., a sixth-generation Mississippian, was named chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors by President George W. Bush on July 19, 2001. Serving until 2005, he was the first TVA chairman from Mississippi since the John F. Kennedy era. McCullough began serving on the TVA board in 1999 following his appointment by President Bill Clinton. In 1992, he had been appointed director of the Mississippi office of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) by Governor Kirk Fordice. In June, 1997, McCullough had been elected Tupelo's 23 mayor, with 61 percent of the vote. During his administration, the genesis of the future downtown Fairpark District began as well as the rebirth and redevelopment of the Historic Downtown Tupelo Neighborhood and the city was also awarded "All-American City" status for the third time in its history. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... John Kennedy and JFK redirect here. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Daniel Kirkwood Kirk Fordice, Jr. ... All-America City Program Logo The All-America City Award is given by the National Civic League annually to ten cities in the United States. ...


Allie Grant (actress) - The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Allie Grant (born on February 14, 1994 in Tupelo, Mississippi) is an American actress who currently has a recurring roles in the Showtime original series Weeds and the Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. ... The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, is an American childrens television series that airs on the Disney Channel. ...


Controversial U.S. Congressman John E. Rankin of Tupelo served his district for sixteen terms (1921-53), co-authoring the bill to create the Tennessee Valley Authority as well as being a member of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). John Elliott Rankin (March 29, 1882 - November 26, 1960) was a politician from the U.S. State of Mississippi. ... HUAC hearings House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC or HCUA) (1938–1975) was an investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives. ...


Singer Guy Hovis was born in Tupelo in 1941. In 1970, he joined his wife on the Lawrence Welk Show as one half of "Guy & Ralna," one of the show's most popular acts. John David Ashcroft (born May 9, 1942) was the 79th Attorney General of the United States. ... Lawrence Welk during a taping of The Lawrence Welk Show Lawrence Welk (March 11, 1903 – May 17, 1992) was a musician, accordion player, bandleader, and television impresario. ...


Actor John Dye (China Beach, Touched By An Angel) graduated from Tupelo High School in 1981. John Dye born John Carrol Dye (Amory, Mississippi, January 31, 1963), American actor, is most fomous in the role Andrew in the tv series Touched by an Angel, and 1996 tv series Promised Land. ... China Beach was the name of an American dramatic television series, and it is the name of at least two beaches in the world: one in Vietnam and the other in San Francisco, California. ... This section contains a list of trivia items. ...


Notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde spent a few days with a family in East Tupelo, across the tracks (the part of town where Elvis was born), while they attempted to elude federal and local authorities. Bonnie Parker (October 1, 1910 – May 23, 1934) and Clyde Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934) were notorious outlaws, robbers and criminals who travelled the Central United States during the Great Depression. ...


Tupelo was a "knock down spot", or place for hiding and relaxing for infamous State Line Mob and Dixie Mafia members like Carl Douglas "Towhead" White, Jack Hathcock, W.O. Hathcock, Kirksey Nix, and Louise Hathcock. The State Line Mob operated in the 1950s and 1960s at the Mississippi-Tennessee state line in Alcorn County, Mississippi and McNairy County, Tennessee along U.S. Highway 45. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Kirksey McCord Nix, Jr. ...


The New York Mets first round draft pick Kirk Presley, cousin to the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley, dominated the pitching mound for the famous Tupelo High School Golden Wave baseball team, that was ranked as one of the best teams in the United States in 1992 & 1993. The 1993 team held the National High School record for no-hitters. Presley was 17-0 his senior season and posted a .39 ERA. He also played football for the '91, '92, and 1993 Tupelo High School football team. He started the 1993 team, and they won the one and only State football championship in the school's history. Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league... Former first round draft pick of the New York Mets. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ...


Notes

  1. ^ a b c "About the City of Tupelo" (2006), City of Tupelo website, web: TupeloMS-About: for Elvis, the Natchez Trace Parkway, and Tupelo Automobile Museum.
  2. ^ a b c "City of Tupelo - Attractions" (2006), City of Tupelo website, web: TupeloMS-Attractions: for Symphony, Elvis Presley Lake, Bancorpsouth Center, Lyric Theatre, and Gumtree Museum of Art.

Richard Pryor's Character "Mudbone" was told to be from Tupelo, Mississippi.


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Tupelo, Mississippi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2746 words)
The county seat of Lee County, Tupelo population was 34,211 as of the 2000 census.
Tupelo is the headquarters of the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, connecting Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee, while following the route of the original Natchez Trace trail.
Tupelo, one of the few small U.S. cities that enjoys a professional orchestra, is home to the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra, whose season runs from September-April with concerts held at the Tupelo Civic Auditorium.
Tupelo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (234 words)
The Tupelos, genus Nyssa, are a small genus of about 9 to 11 species of trees with alternate, simple leaves.
Tupelos are valued honey plants in southeastern and Gulf Coast of the United States, producing a very light, mild-tasting honey.
Tupelos are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species, including Endoclita damor.
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