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 here.
Iuka was founded in 1857 and is the county seat of Tishomingo County. The city is located on the site of a Chickasaw Village named for one of the lesser Chiefs, Tishomingo. Chief Tishomingo supposedly died while camping at the springs there and was buried at the site. The Guaranty Bank of Iuka, was reportedly built on the Indian Chief's grave. The Guaranty Bank of Iuka, now Bancorp South, is located on the corner of Fulton and Front Streets in downtown Iuka.
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.