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Canal Park
14680 U.S. Highway 61N
Tunica Resorts, MS 38664

Introduction to Tunica County

Tunica County was one of ten counties created in 1836 from Chickasaw Indian territory ceded to the United States in 1816. Commerce, now the site of Casino Strip, was the first county seat. Founded in 1834, Commerce was destroyed by a Mississippi River Flood in 1842.

In 1848, 20 acres of inland property was donated for a new county seat. That was and is the Town of Tunica, and it has never flooded. It is impossible for a newcomer to enter Tunica County without feeling both a sense of rich history and its growing potential. This is Mississippi River Delta country, with acres of the nation's richest farmland planted in cotton, rice and soybeans, and dotted with catfish ponds. In 2002, the county's farming efforts totaled $53 million in total crop production. In the fiscal year 2004, the Tunica gaming industry generated total revenues exceeding $565 million.

On the horizon, amidst the growing skyline of the casino resorts stands the second tallest building in Mississippi, a 31-story hotel evidencing the investment that has been attracted to this hometown community. The new industry in Tunica just turned twelve years old. Tunica County government received total tax revenues in 1992 of $3.5 million; in 2005, revenues will exceed $60 million .... due to this phenomenon known as the"Mississippi Miracle". Tunica is now the third-largest gaming destination in North America. From 20 motel rooms in 1992, the county now has 6,420 rooms welcoming more than 30,000 visitors every day.

The new Tunica employs nearly 18,000 people, while the county has a total population of 9,600. Unemployment has been slashed from 15 percent in pre-growth days to 8.6 percent for 2003, while median family income has more than doubled to an estimated $26,600.

The local citizens witness this change daily. In addition to immediate benefits such as more and better jobs, school improvement and increased tourism, the county continues to add housing, new hotels, gas station/convenience stores, outlet shopping, and other commercial properties, making construction operations a constant factor. A most positive change was the expansion of legendary Highway 61 into four lanes from Memphis to south of the Town of Tunica. Just south of Canal Park, a newly constructed elementary school opened in 2001, and in June 2002 the county's new $3 million historical museum was opened to the public with free admission.

The illustrations in our website provide an overview of the development opportunities contained in the Master Plan of Canal Park. Location maps, aerial photographs and illustrated site plans provide a summary of the property's exciting development potential.