Dyer County, Tennessee

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Dyer County is a county located in the westmost part of the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of 2000, the population was 37,279. The 2005 Census Estimate placed the population at 37,829 [1]. Its county seat is Dyersburg.[1]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 526 square miles (1,362.3 km2), of which 510 square miles (1,320.9 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41.4 km2) (3.04%) is water.

The county is bounded on the west by the Mississippi River, and it is drained by the Mississippi River. It is in the part of Tennessee called the "Mississippi bottomland".

Dyer County is bisected by U.S. Route 51, the older major highway connecting Memphis with Chicago from south to north. To the west, Dyer County is connected to Missouri by Interstate 155 over the Mississippi River, providing the only highway connection, other than those at Memphis, between Tennessee and the states to the west of "The Father of the Waters".

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Dyer County was founded by a Private Act of Tennessee, passed on October 16, 1823 [2]. The area was part of the territory in Tennessee that was previously legally occupied by Chickasaw Native American people ("Indian Lands")[3].

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