Simpson County, Mississippi is home to over 27,000 residents and the cities of Magee and Mendenhall. The county is located in south central Mississippi and is included in the Jackson, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. Founded in 1824, Simpson County was named for Judge Josiah Simpson and the county seat is the city of Mendenhall. The county is made up of 590 square miles and over 21% of the population lives below the poverty line.
The largest city in Simpson County is Magee, Mississippi with an estimated population of over 5,000 residents. The town is home to branches of Tyson Chicken, Polk’s Meat products, Real Pure Beverage Group, and other food manufactures. Magee is served by the Magee General Hospital and is home to a branch of the Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Magee is followed in residency by the county seat of Mendenhall. Mendenhall, Mississippi has a population of 2,550.
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Simpson County was the birthplace of Spencer and Bill Myrick. Spencer would later become both a Representative and Senator for the State of Louisiana and his brother Bill became a famous country music figure in Odessa, Texas. Bill Myrick was known for working with Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and many others.
The county seat of Simpson County was Westville, Mississippi from 1824 until it was moved to Mendenhall in 1900. Currently, Westville is an unincorporated area with no recordable population, now being known as a ghost town. The former town was named after Colonel Cato West, Civil War Colonel.
Simpson County is home to three Nationally Recognized Historical Landmarks: the Simpson County Courthouse, the L’Dora Lewis Mound, and the Gatesville Bridge. These Landmarks were preserved in the early to mid 1980s.