Grand Gulf, MS
Posted by: linkys
N 32° 01.968 W 091° 03.237
15S E 683764 N 3545727
Quick Description: Once a thriving cotton shipping center, even the Mississippi River has deserted this bend on the river.
Location: Mississippi, United States
Date Posted: 9/2/2011 1:55:55 PM
Waymark Code: WMCFPX
In 1828 this was small settlement of three stores, a tavern and several houses. By the late 1850's it was an important cotton shipping port of some 76 city blocks and over 1000 people. Then in 1843 there was a yellow fever epidemic, followed by the 1853 tornado that devastated large sections of the town. Next came several more epidemics, then a change in the course of the Mississippi resulted in its devouring large portions of the town, many blocks at a time.
Down to a population of 158 in 1860, the Union bombardment of what was left of the town in the Vicksburg Campaign during the Civil War left what the Mississippi had spared in ruins, and it was never rebuilt. And over the years the Mississippi has even deserted those ruins, leaving only a few deserted buildings to mark where Grand Gulf once thrived.
Reason for Abandonment: Human Disaster
Date Abandoned: 4/29/1863
Related Web Page: Not listed
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