Pierce County is a very scenic and key area to the development of the northern Mississippi. The county today has a total land area of 576 sq. miles and is home to just over 41,000 people. Consisting of 6 villages, 13 towns, only 2 cities, and many unincorporated settlements Pierce County is very rural and has made grown largely due to the trapping, lumber, dairy, fertile soil, tourism, Fishing, mining industries, and the easy access to waterways.
March 14, 1853 Named after the recently elected 14th president of the United States of America Franklin Pierce the county got its current name. Originally the though the county was just a portion of the larger St. Croix county, and later Elizabeth county. Today the county seat is in Ellsworth as it is closest to the geographical center of the county, making it easier back then for people to travel to the court house.
Before Pierce County became what it is today it had many cultures who inhabited the resource rich and fertile lands. It is thought that the first known arrivals to the area were about 14,000 years ago (12,000 BC) to follow large game that was moving with the ice age of the time. Although evidence of even earlier people living in the area is also thought to have been destroyed by settlers, farming, and looting. Due to the nomadic nature of the Archaic peoples of that time there probably was not much left around to look for either way. Although there is evidence of Native American tribes using small copper tools and hunting with spear points dating back to 8,000 BC. It is thought threw spoken history and evidence that by 1,000 BC these natives were starting to become less nomadic and developed more seasonal shelters down by the rivers in the summer mont...
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