The state bird of Mississippi is the Northern Mockingbird, and the state flower is the Magnolia.

Tippah County, located in northeastern Mississippi, has a rich history that dates back to prehistoric times. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, particularly the Chickasaw people who were the dominant group in the region. European explorers, including Hernando de Soto, arrived in the area in the 16th century, but settlement did not occur until much later.

The county's history as an organized settlement began in 1836, when it was officially established as Tippah County. The origin of the county's name is uncertain, but it is believed to be derived from a Chickasaw word meaning "cut off" or "antelope." The county seat was established in Ripley, which remains the center of government and commerce.

In the 19th century, Tippah County was primarily an agricultural community, with cotton being the main cash crop. The county experienced growth and prosperity during this time, with the construction of schools and churches to meet the needs of the expanding population. However, the Civil War brought significant changes to the area, as many men from Tippah County enlisted in the Confederate Army and the region was heavily impacted by the war.

After the war, Tippah County began to rebuild its economy, focusing on diversifying its agriculture and developing its infrastructure. The construction of railroads and the expansion of the lumber industry had a positive impact on the county's economy. Over time, Tippah County evolved into a thriving rural community with a mix of small farms, manufacturing, and a growing service sector. Today, Tippah County continues to honor its history while embracing new opportunities for growth and development.

  • 1836 - Tippah County is established as a county in the state of Mississippi.
  • 1837 - The town of Ripley is established and becomes the county seat of Tippah County.
  • 1861-1865 - Tippah County is heavily impacted by the American Civil War.
  • 1870 - The town of Falkner is incorporated in Tippah County.
  • 1890 - The Ripley Female College is founded in Ripley.
  • 1927 - Major flooding occurs in Tippah County due to the Great Mississippi Flood.
  • 1950-1960 - Tippah County experiences significant population and economic growth.
  • 1984 - The opening of Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
  • 2008 - Tippah County celebrates its 150th anniversary.