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In the early years of settlement, European-Americans named this town Gum Pond, supposedly due to its numerous tupelo trees, known locally as blackgum, the city still hosts the annual Gumtree Arts Festival.

During the Civil War, Union and Confederate forces fought in the area in 1864 in the Battle of Tupelo.

Designated the Tupelo National Battlefield, the battlefield is administered by the National Park Service (NPS); in addition, the Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield, about ten miles north, commemorates another American Civil War battle.

After the war, a cross-state railroad for northern Mississippi was constructed through the town, which encouraged industry and growth, with expansion, the town changed its name to Tupelo, in honor of the battle. By the early twentieth century, the town had become a site of cotton textile mills, which provided new jobs for residents of the rural area.

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As of the 2010 census, the population was 34,546, with the surrounding counties of Lee, Pontotoc and Itawamba supporting a population of 139,671 Tupelo was the first city to gain an electrical power grid under President Franklin D.

Roosevelt's program of the Tennessee Valley Authority construction of facilities during the Great Depression.

is the county seat and the largest city of Lee County, Mississippi, United States.

The seventh-largest city in the state, it is situated in Northeast Mississippi, between Memphis, Tennessee, and Birmingham, Alabama, it is accessed by Interstate 22.

The last known bank robbery by Machine Gun Kelly, a Prohibition-era gangster, took place on November 30, 1932 at the Citizen’s State Bank in Tupelo; his gang netted ,000.

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