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Old Photographs of  Ashland, Mississippi

The town of Ashland was incorporated on March 8, 1871, and soon
became the county seat of the newly established  Benton County. The county was formed in 1870 during the reconstruction period after the Civil War.  Before the War the largest town was Salem, some ten miles away.  Salem was home of the mother of the famed Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.  During the war the yankees burned Salem several times and the town never recovered.  Ashland was selected as the county seat for it's location and to represent a new start in the area.  During the 2000 census Ashland recorded 577 residents. A special thanks to Janet Jones for sending these picture to us. 

The Cottrell Hotel 1940

The Cottrell Hotel
1940


Ashland School 1918

Ashland School 1918

Tipler's Store

Tipler's Cheap Cash Store
Located on the square in Ashland

Mrs. Casey's Boarding House

Mrs. Casey's Boarding House
1911


Gathering on the Court House Grounds

Gathering on the Court House Grounds.
The writing at the bottom reads; North end of Ashland Court House, two story bank building in the background (west side of court square) picture taken from East to West in 1910.

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