Pontotoc, Mississippi

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Pontotoc is a city in Pontotoc County, Mississippi, United States. Pontotoc is west of the much larger city of Tupelo. The population was 5,253 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Pontotoc County[1].

Pontotoc is a Chickasaw word meaning "Land of Hanging Grapes".

The famous outlaws Jesse & Frank James and their notorious gang once hid at an old house which was used as a Union Army hospital during the Battle of Harrisburg or Battle of Tupelo. The house was located at a crossroad in east Pontotoc County, near the Lee County line.

The Town Square Museum is located in the old US post office near the county courthouse. This historic building houses Pontotoc memorabilia and continues to operate as a full-service post office. A mural in the museum's lobby titled The Wedding of Ortez and SaOwana - Christmas 1540 depicts the first recorded Christian marriage on the North American continent. It was said to have occurred between Juan Ortez and Princess Saowana, daughter of Chief Uceta, of the Florida Seminole tribe. The wedding is said to have taken place in Pontotoc County during a visit by explorer Hernando de Soto. The mural was painted by Joseph Pollet in 1939 under the arts program of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

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Geography

Pontotoc is located at 34°14′55″N 89°0′24″W / 34.24861°N 89.00667°W / 34.24861; -89.00667 (34.248611, -89.006729)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.6 square miles (24.9 km²), of which, 9.4 square miles (24.5 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (1.66%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,253 people, 2,117 households, and 1,441 families residing in the city. The population density was 555.9 people per square mile (214.6/km²). There were 2,250 housing units at an average density of 238.1/sq mi (91.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.84% White, 19.09% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.50% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.76% of the population.

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