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In November 1871, the legislature finally provided relief for the isolated farmers by enacting legislation to form Crockett County, named for the famous Tennessean Davy Crockett. Appropriately, the county seat was named Alamo. The county courthouse, which was completed in 1874, continues to serve local needs.

The 265 square miles of Crockett County lying in the Mississippi River drainage area are covered with fertile farm land that has few hilly sections. Since no town has a population of over 2,500, the entire county is classified as rural. When the Tennessee Department of Agriculture established its Century Farms program in 1976, it identified eleven historic family farms, the oldest of which was the Frog Jump Farm that Dr. Samuel Oldham Sr. established with 1,500 acres in 1830. Cotton was Oldham’s primary crop, but other nineteenth-century farmers in Crockett County produced wheat, small grains, corn, and livestock, and in the twentieth century several families turned to specialized cash crops. Cotton, however, remained “king” in Crockett County and in the mid 1990s the county ranked second in the state in the number of acres planted in cotton, but boasted the highest yields per acre while cotton gins operated in Gadsden, Mason Grove, Alamo, Bells, Cairo, Maury City, and Crockett Mills.

Several public recreation facilities enhance the lives of Crockett Countians. Residents can go fishing, boating, and picnicking at David Crockett Lake, which covers 87 acres in the eastern part of the county. Crockett Mills is host to the West Tennessee Cotton Festival held throughout the month of August, with varied events each weekend. A variety of civic and service clubs  offer opportunities for fellowship and community activities.