Strayhorn, Mississippi

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Strayhorn is an unincorporated community along Mississippi Highway 4 in rural western Tate County, Mississippi. Strayhorn is located in the Memphis Metropolitan Area. At the 2000 census, the community had a population of 1,784. Strayhorn boasts a few businesses, including Hudspeth's Grocery, the Strayhorn Snack Bar, and a recently completed Dollar General Store. Strayhorn Baptist Church is the largest church in the community.

Geography[edit]

Strayhorn is approximately 10 miles west of the county seat of Senatobia. Its elevation is 236 feet (72 m), and it is located at 34°36′44″N 90°08′38″W / 34.612326°N 90.143982°W / 34.612326; -90.143982 (34.6123257, -90.1439819).[1]

History[edit]

Strayhorn became an incorporated town in 1900 and remained incorporated for nearly eight years. Strayhorn's first mayor was Frank Bizzell, and F.E. Cotton was the first postmaster at Strayhorn's U.S. Post Office, which was closed in the 1960s when mail delivery was merged with the Senatobia Post Office. The Strayhorn community is now served by the Sarah Post Office.

Even after Strayhorn lost its short-lived incorporated status, the first half of the 20th century saw progress for the small community. In 1932, a drainage canal was dug which converted nontillable land into land fit for farming. Seven years later, the first electric lights came to Strayhorn; and 1953 saw the construction of a paved highway through the community.

Education[edit]

Strayhorn is home to Strayhorn Elementary School and the recently added Strayhorn High School, both of which are part of the Tate County School District. The Strayhorn High School sports teams are known as the Mustangs, and the school's colors are red and blue.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Strayhorn". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey.  1980-09-24. Accessed 2008-11-21.

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