Old Downtown Iuka

Photo Compliments of Kathy Cappleman


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. Iuka is 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 by David Hubbard, a wagon train scout and is the county seat of Tishomingo County, MS.  Tishomingo County is named for one of the last full-blooded Chickasaw Chiefs, Chief Tishominko. 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. Woodall Mountain is the highest point in Mississippi.

Iuka is rich with history, steeped in culture. There is much to do and see in Iuka. There are several historic homes from the Civil War period and before still standing today. Visit the Old Tishomingo County Courthouse Museum, Cappleman’s Antiques, Mineral Springs Park and so much more. Iuka has much to offer tourists and residents alike.