Covington, Tennessee

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Covington is a town in central Tipton County in the State of Tennessee. Covington is the largest town in. and the county seat of, Tipton County.[3] Covington is located in one of just five counties of West Tennessee that are located along the Mississippi River, thus it is in extreme western Tennessee. This town's population was about 8,460 at the time of the 2000 U.S. Census.

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Geography

Covington is located at 35°33′54″N 89°38′50″W / 35.565°N 89.64722°W / 35.565; -89.64722 (35.564937, -89.647168)[4].

Covington is located in the Memphis, Tennessee Metropolitan Area, and it is located on U.S. Highway 51, a major north-south highway connecting Mississippi, Memphis, Kentucky, and Illinois.

According to the United States Census Bureau, this town has a total area of 10.3 square miles (26.7 km²), of which practically all of it is dry land.

Covington is situated on the southeastern edge of the New Madrid Seismic Zone, an area judged by geologists to have a high risk of earthquakes in the future.

History

It is not recorded when white settlers started arriving in Memphis. Before that, this area was inhabited by Native Americans of various tribes. Also, since the Mississippi River is quite close to here, this area was used for much north-south trade by the American Indians.

Since Tipton County is one of the five counties of the State of Tennessee that is located along the Mississippi River, this area was first explored by white people during the noted expedition of the French Canadians Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet in 1673. This one went down the Mississippi from Wisconsin to the mouth of the Arkansas River, and then back upriver to Lake Michigan. That river mouth is along the present border between Arkansas and Mississippi. Also, the fine details of the route of the land expedition of the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto are not known, but it is likely that de Soto and his men passed near here in about 1541.

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