Originally on land owned by James Minter, the town was named Walnut Place or Walnut Grove. Because there was another Mississippi town named Walnut Grove the name was changed. Names were put into a hat and the name Minter was drawn.
The land that some may consider the old town or downtown Minter City is privately owned now by one family. A small part of the downtown still exists. Since it is unincorporated and there are no boundaries to define it, the real Minter City is in the hearts of those that have lived there.