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Tylertown, Mississippi
Walthall County Courthouse in Tylertown
Walthall County Courthouse in Tylertown
Location of Tylertown, Mississippi
Location of Tylertown, Mississippi
Tylertown, Mississippi is located in the United States
Tylertown, Mississippi
Tylertown, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Walthall
Area
 • Total 3.29 sq mi (8.51 km2)
 • Land 3.28 sq mi (8.49 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
295 ft (90 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,609
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,428
 • Density 435.63/sq mi (168.21/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
39667
Area code(s) 601
FIPS code 28-75160
GNIS feature ID 0690939
Website http://www.co.walthall.ms.us/town-of-tylertown.html

Tylertown is a town in Mississippi, United States. It is the county seat of Walthall County. The population was 1,609 at the 2010 census.

History

The town of Tylertown was first known as the Magee Settlement. It was settled by emigrants of the Magee and Thornhill families, who came from South Carolina. J. Thornhill acquired the first tract of land for the settlement on September 20, 1816, after Native Americans were pushed out of the area. Cullen Conerly went there in 1850 and bought out the Garland Hart store and established a post office which was called Conerly's post office. The store and post office served as the social center of the community for over a half century.

The town bore the name Conerly's from 1848 to 1879. It was renamed as Tyler Town in honor of William G. Tyler; the name was shortened to one word in 1894. Cullen Conerly sold his mercantile interest to his brother-in-law Benjamin Lampton. He laid the foundation of the mercantile business of Tylertown.

Tylertown was part of Pike County until 1912, when Walthall County was formed from Pike and Marion counties.

The Tylertown Times (local newspaper) was started in 1907. Tylertown Insurance Agency, Inc. has been serving Tylertown's insurance needs since 1924. Luter's Supply, established in 1944, is a retail center for tubs, showers, and whirlpools. Jones Furniture opened in 1939. Tylertown's oldest pharmacy, Pigott's Drug Store, has been around since 1919. WTYL radio station came to Tylertown in 1969.

Geography

Tylertown is located at 31°6′58″N 90°8′34″W / 31.11611°N 90.14278°W / 31.11611; -90.14278 (31.116209, -90.142817).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), of which 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2) is land and 0.33% is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 795
1920 1,116 40.4%
1930 1,102 −1.3%
1940 1,376 24.9%
1950 1,331 −3.3%
1960 1,532 15.1%
1970 1,736 13.3%
1980 1,976 13.8%
1990 1,938 −1.9%
2000 1,910 −1.4%
2010 1,609 −15.8%
2019 (est.) 1,428 −11.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Tylertown racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 822 54.26%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 609 40.2%
Native American 5 0.33%
Asian 25 1.65%
Pacific Islander 1 0.07%
Other/Mixed 29 1.91%
Hispanic or Latino 24 1.58%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,515 people, 618 households, and 382 families residing in the town.

Education

Tylertown is served by the Walthall County School District. The schools are Tylertown High School, and Salem Attendance Center.

Notable people

  • Jameon Lewis - Pro Indoor Football Player and Mississippi State University Alumni
  • Jon Hinson - politician; gay rights activist
  • Ruby Bridges - activist
  • Lester Holmes - former NFL player and Jackson State University Alumi
  • George T. Johnson - former NBA player, member of 1975 champion Golden State Warriors
  • Sylvester Magee - known as the oldest living slave
  • H. Dean Pittman - U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique
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