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Tunica County

Tunica County is named for the Native American tribe and the word means “littler people”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lee County, Arkansas, Crittenden County, Arkansas and DeSoto County

E – DeSoto CountyTate County and Panola County

S – Quitman County and Coahoma County

W – Phillips County, Arkansas and Lee County, Arkansas


Created:  February 9, 1836                                                        Map of Mississippi highlighting Tunica County

County Seat: 

Commerce  1836 – 1847

Austin          1847 – 1888

Tunica         1888 – present


County Courthouse – Tunica 


Location:  1300 School Street / Court Street

Built:  1922 – 1923

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Frank P Gates Company

Contractor:  Blair, Algernon Construction Company


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red-brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Tunica. The west front has a projecting center section with central entrance on the first story, which is trimmed with stone and has two stone piasters rising to a horizontal band below the roof line which has a wide cornice with clock above.  On the roof are small dormers. The building has a mansard roof. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial District. Behind the building on the east side is the old red colored brick Jail.


See:  The 11th Judicial District includes Bolivar County, Coahoma County and Quitman County.


History:  The county was created in 1836 and Commerce was selected as the county seat. From 1843 to 1844, the county seat was Peyton due to river flooding. The county seat was moved to Austin in 1847. The first courthouse was built but was burned during the Civil War in 1863. The county used rented premises. The county seat was moved to Tunica in 1888. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1922 to 1923.


County Administration – Tunica 



Location:  1058 South Court Street / School Street

Built:  2002 – 2003

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wenzel & Associates of Tunica

Contractor:  C & M Builders, Inc. of Southaven


Description:  The building faces north and is a one story buff colored brick and concrete style structure. The building is located in the center of Tunica. The north front has a large porch supported by columns and rising above the roof line. The eave around the building is fairly wide. The roof line is flat.



County Courthouse – Tunica











County Circuit Court courtroom





Board of Supervisers Meeting Room





County Administration – Tunica







Old County Jail – Tunica

Photos taken 2012