Carthage, the seat of justice of Leake County, is situated in the geographical center of that county and has a population of four hundred and twenty-five.
It is a prosperous town, the center of the local trade of near portions of the Pearl River valley, peopled with enterprising, progressive business men and farmers and their families and possessed of ample church and school facilities. Its progress has been measurably restricted by its remoteness from railways, and a line from Macon to Jackson, which is the natural order of development, will be constructed almost inevitably, would do much to advance the interests of this pretty inland county town.
Other towns and trading points in this county are Ofahoma, Edinburgh, Thomastown, Good Hope, St Anne, Madden, Grove and Lena.
Source: Biographical and Historical Memories of Mississippi, Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1891