Kosciusko, the county seat of Attala County, is located 65 miles northeast of Jackson and less than one mile from the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Kosciusko is named for the Polish general Tadeusz Kościuszko, who assisted United States military efforts during the American Revolution. However the anglicized name omits the "z". Kosciusko was originally named Red Bud Springs for one of three natural springs that were present in the city. Locally the town name is pronounced Kah-zee-ESS-ko.
Kosciusko is the birthplace of Oprah Winfrey whose contributions built and help maintain the Kosciusko Oprah Winfrey Boys and Girls Club. Also, Kosciusko is home to the Ivey Mechanical Company which was started by a local plumber who recognized a need for better access to plumbing supplies. His son, the late Marlin Ivey, and other Kosciuskans and their co-workers in several states built the company into a nationally recognized mechanical contractor headquartered in Kosciusko.
Annual events include:
- Natchez Trace Festival - last Saturday in April
- June Jam (live music and sidewalk sale) - last Friday in June
- Central Mississippi Fair - first Wednesday thru Saturday of August
The population was 7,372 at the 2000 census.
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