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Madison County became the hub of West Tennessee in the 20th century. Now major highways and rail lines traverse the county and its seat, Jackson. Three railroad companies and industry spawned by the railroads, such as the cotton mill town of Bemis, provided the main sources of employment during the 1900s. As job opportunities abounded, the population grew. Images of America: Madison County features the industrial development, business history, and lives of those people who were touched by this tremendous growth in Jackson and the county's outlying communities during the 20th century.
About the Author
Authors Linda J. Higgins and Scott Parish have lived in Madison County all of their lives. Higgins's first ancestors came to Madison County in 1829, shortly after the county's establishment in 1821. Her mother and grandmothers provided her with a strong love of history, especially family history. She now serves as the official Madison County historian. Parish, an author of children's books, was inspired by stories he heard while growing up about his hometown's history as told by senior members in the community. Materials for this book are courtesy of the Jackson Madison County Library and the many local people interested in preserving the history of their community.