Raleigh, Mississippi

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Raleigh is a town in Smith County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 1,255 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Smith County.[1]



Harrison Hotel

Harrison Hotel is a famous hotel that is no longer running. Many Mississippi governors have stayed there, including Theodore G. Bilbo and Jefferson Davis.

Smith County Courthouse

The Smith County Courthouse is the major focal point of the town. The original courthouse was damaged in a fire in the 1800s that caused the loss of its signature dome. In 2005, a dedication service was held in honor of the new dome that had been built to replace the original dome. It still is the only court building in the county.

In 2006, construction was planned to begin on a building that would add additional courtrooms and offices. Also in 2006, plans were drawn up to give the courthouse more parking when The Short Stop, a local convenience store and gas station, was designated to be demolished after it moved to its new location.

Construction on the courthouse went well, and all temporary offices have been moved from Short Stop into the new building.


Raleigh's tornado activity is slightly above the state's average and 187% above the national average.


Raleigh is located at 32°1′59″N 89°31′22″W / 32.03306°N 89.52278°W / 32.03306; -89.52278 (32.033008, -89.522893)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.1 km²), of which, 5.0 square miles (13.1 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.40%) is water.


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