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Brownsville, Tennessee

Brownsville, Tennessee, with a population of 15,134, is located in Haywood County, TN and 48.6 miles from Memphis, TN. This area, once known as Big Hatchie country, served as a game preserve for the Chickasaw Indians. They regarded this area as the best hunting and fishing ground in the south. This area was not open for western settlement until the 1818 treaty with the Chickasaws. Richard Nixon was the first settler in 1821, and by 1826 over 200 families called this area home.

The closest airport is Thornton Airport (47M) in Brownsville.

Brownsville, Tennessee was established in the early 1800s.

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Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge
This 11,556 acre wildlife refuge lies within the floodplain of the Hatchie River. The Hatchie is the last unchannelized river of its type in the Lower Mississippi River Valley and still functions under near normal wetland cycles. About 9,400 acres of bottomland hardwoods are located on the refuge and are flooded by headwater flows of the Hatchie. The headwaters of the Hatchie in Mississippi are channelized as are 33 major tributaries.

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Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge

The refuge's concentration is ducks (primarily mallards), shorebirds and wading birds; open water 270 acres, wetland 10,000 acres, woodlands 9,800 acres, cropland 1,000 acres, and grasslands 31 acres.

Wildlife observation includes hunting, fishing, and photography. There is boating access to the Hatchie River and an auto tour route.
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West Tennessee Cotton Museum
The West Tennessee Cotton Museum features the story of the huge cotton farms in the area, some of which began in the early 1800s. The museum offers exhibits, photographs, and primitive-to-modern farming implements, from old plows to 9-footlong sacks used to collect handpicked cotton.


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