Lena, Mississippi

Leake County

Population: 198 in 1920

                    432 in 1930

                    344 in 1940

                    353 in 1950

                    307 in 1960

Town incorporated:  4-18-1912

Post office:  3-30-1880 to present

Railroads: J&E- GM&N- GM&O

Next Town East- Sproles


Milepost 32.1

(from Union)


Next Town West- Adban


1932 soil survey map


1964 USGS topo map

HISTORY by Tony Howe: 

William F Gilbert bought land here in 1879 and built a store at this location. A post office was established in his store about 1880 and named for his youngest daughter. A fire wiped out most of downtown Lena on March 21, 1924. The first passenger train on the J&E arrived at Lena Sept 17, 1925. Last train passed through Lena April 20, 1980. 


Hartness & Lyle brick kiln

Ott & Taylor spoke factory

Lena Ice Plant

Leake Co. Oil Co.- burned July 30, 1927









BUSINESSES (per R.G. Dun & Co.)- 

Davis Bros., general store 1900

Lena Mills, sawmill 1900

S. A. Moore (2 miles from), general store 1900

A. L. Morris, drugs & general store 1900

J. S. & C. F. White, general store, gin & mill 1900

L. A. Zachry, general store 1900






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