The city of Iuka was named after Chief Iuka, pronounced eye-you-ka, which is actually a contraction for the longer name of Ish-ta-ki-yu-ka-tubbe. The Chief was an endorser for the Treaty of Pontotoc Creek, dated October 20, 1832. Further information on the treaty can be found at - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/kappler/vol2/treaties/chi0362.htm.
Iuka was founded in 1857 and is the county seat of Tishomingo County. Iuka is built on the site of a Chickasaw Indian village that is thought to have been subordinate to the settlement at Underwood Village. There are conflicting accounts of Chief Tishomingo's death. One account states Tishomingo died on the Trail of Tears while another shows his death date as May 5, 1838, Fort Coffee; Le Flore County; Oklahoma, USA
Woodall Mountain, located 5 miles southwest of Iuka is the only state high point that was subject to a battle during the Civil War. The Battle of Iuka was on September 19, 1862. Woodall Mountain was renamed in 1887 in honor of Tishomingo Sheriff Zephaniah H. Woodall.
Iuka has several historic homes from that period and before still standing today. One of the oldest, Twin Magnolias, was built in 1842. Iuka has much to offer tourists and residents alike. We hope you enjoy your visit to our site and hope you will follow-up with a visit to our city.