Batesville, Mississippi

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Location in Mississippi
Panola County Mississippi Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Batesville Highlighted.svg
Basic data
State : United States
State : Mississippi
County : Panola County
Coordinates : 34 ° 19 ′  N , 89 ° 57 ′  W Coordinates: 34 ° 19 ′  N , 89 ° 57 ′  W
Time zone : Central ( UTC − 6 / −5 )
Residents : 7,463 (as of 2010)
Population density : 672.3 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 11.1 km 2  (about 4 mi 2 ) of
which 11.1 km 2  (about 4 mi 2 ) is land
Height : 71 m
Postal code : 38606
Area code : +1 662
FIPS : 28-03620
GNIS ID : 0666568
Website :
Mayor : Jerry Autrey

Batesville is a small town in the north of the US state Mississippi and one of two administrative centers (next to Sardis ) of Panola County . The city is located about 20 km southwest of Sardis Lake and about 60 km south of Memphis on the Tallahatchie River .


The land on which Batesville is located today originally belonged to Indians of the Chickasaw tribe and was part of the area that the Chickasaw ceded to them in the course of the Treaty of Pontotoc Creek concluded with the United States government in 1832. The settlement, which then became known as Old Panola , was one of the most important places in northern Mississippi at that time, along with Belmont .

With the construction of the railway from Memphis to Grenada , Batesville experienced an economic boom. In 1866 the city was named after the railway conductor and Methodist preacher Jim Bates in Batesville.

Panola County is rich in civil war traditions . At the beginning of 1861 the "The Weekly Panola Star" reported that although the enthusiasm for war was only moderate, there would be broad approval for the Confederation and the Secession.

From the beginning, Batesville was a suitable location for industrial settlements. A first such interest was articulated at the beginning of the American Civil War. So a manufacture for rifles was set up in the city. A little later a canning factory was opened. Mills and clothing factories were added over the next few decades.

Today the city tries to build on the previous growth phases from the very different experiences of the past and to establish itself as one of the leading economic centers in northern Mississippi.

In order to be able to manufacture engine components from fiber composite materials in the future, GE Aviation opened a new plant in Batesville on October 23, 2008.


At the 2000 census , Batesville had 7,113 residents. Of these, 41.88% were African American , 56.43% white , 1.60% Hispanic , as well as Indians and Asians .

sons and daughters of the town

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Find a County
  2. Aero 12/2008, p. 44

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