Benton County, Mississippi

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Benton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. In 2000, the population was 8,026. Its county seat is Ashland[1]. Local lore has it that residents convinced the reconstruction government that Benton County was to be named for U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton, but the name was actually chosen to honor Confederate General Samuel Benton from nearby Holly Springs.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 409 square miles (1,059.3 km2), of which 407 square miles (1,054.1 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.46%) is water.

The headwaters of the Wolf River meander and braid their way north and west across northern Benton County from Baker's Pond, the river's source spring (highest origin of continuous flow) in the Holly Springs National Forest approximately one mile southwest of where U.S. Highway 72 passes into Tippah County, Mississippi. The Wolf River passes into Fayette County, Tennessee between Michigan City (on the Mississippi side) and La Grange, Tennessee.

Major highways

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