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Before the European settlement, the land which is now the city of Brandon was inhabited by Native Americans as it was centrally located to trails leading to villages. Early settlers, traders and missionaries camped near what is now the Town Square. Soon, a trading post known today as the Old Bible Homestead began offering overnight accommodations for humans and livestock and the government bought the land from the Native Americans. In 1828, 31 residents of the area which is now known as Rankin County asked the Mississippi Legislature to divide the part of Hinds County which was east of the Pearl River (because the river was a natural division), forming a new county. 

Once this was accomplished, residents asked for a justice seat in their newly formed county to help all the residents who were buying land, paying their taxes and conducting many other business issues. The newly formed county was named Rankin for the distinguished Mississippi lawyer and politician, Christopher Rankin. The proposed name for the county seat was Poindexter, however the name Brandon was eventually chosen in honor of the new Governor Gerard Brandon. A railroad was built from Brandon to Jackson in 1836, however it was not put into use until 1850, however the railroad was later relocated a mile north of Brandon. Brandon, like all towns in the south, suffered devastation from the Civil War when most of the town was burned by Union soldiers. 

As Brandon struggled during the reconstruction years, the town was forced to deal with massive outbreaks of yellow fever in 1871, 1878, 1888 and 1893, with 1878 being the worst. Many schools and churches closed, yet Brandon residents continued rebuilding. In 1928, tragedy once more came to Brandon when a fire destroyed the majority of the downtown. Next came the Great Depression in the 1930’s; Brandon residents were more fortunate than many because the rich farmlands provided enough food for the residents of the town to survive. .

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