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Rolling Fork

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Rolling Fork is a city in Sharkey County, Mississippi. The population was 2,486 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Sharkey County.HistoryThomas Y. Chaney located here in 1828, and was the first settler in the county. Deer Creek flows through the settlement, and Chaney called the place "Rolling Fork" because of the swiftness of the water at a fork in the creek there.A post office was established in 1848.When Sharkey County was established in 1876, Rolling Fork was made the county seat.A newspaper, The Deer Creek Pilot, was established in 1884.The Louisville, New Orleans and Texas Railway was built through Rolling Fork in 1883. It was later acquired by the Illinois Central Railroad.In 1908, the Bank of Rolling Fork was established.Rolling Fork had a population of 1,000 in 1906.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4sqmi, all land.DemographicsAs of the census of 2000, there were 2,486 people, 820 households, and 620 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,774.2 people per square mile (685.6/km²). There were 875 housing units at an average density of 624.5 per square mile (241.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.19% African American, 29.69% White, 0.04% Native American, 0.32% Asian, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.
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