Rodney Ghost Town Mississippi

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Rodney Ghost Town Mississippi

Explored this place in sept 2018 as part of our road trip of the deep south.
The road to this town was mostly miles upon miles of dirt track. We did not see another sole! When we did reach paved road it was becoming overgrown - i did take some pics of the road but unfortunately i cant seem to find them :culpability:

There was lots to see here but most of the wooden structures were falling apart or almost completely overgrown.
It did appear as if a couple of the buildings were still inhabited and after doing some research although Rodney is considered a ghost town a couple people still remain in this extremely isolated place. We did not see any other vehicles though, maybe they stll travel via horse and cart...

Some history:
At its peak, in the 1860s, there were up to 4,000 people living in Rodney. It was the busiest river port between New Orleans and St. Louis, sustaining two banks, two newspapers, four churches, 53 stores, and the state’s first opera house. However, the boom was followed closely by the devastating effects of yellow fever, not once but twice, a skirmish between the Northern and Southern armies in 1863, and two raging fires that destroyed most of the town.
During the process of rebuilding from the fire of 1869, Rodney was bypassed by the railroad. Simultaneously, a large sandbar formed in the Mississippi River, which shifted the river two miles west of Rodney, economically crippling the city. From 1870 onward, the population steadily declined.

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Apparently there is also a cemetery. didnt find that one though :dispirited:

Thanks for looking!
 
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BikinGlynn

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Wow thats really cool, could spend ages round there exploring that lot
 

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It was a great place! I would like to go back there for a more thorough explore
 

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A nice, and interesting history write up. It's a shame what has happened here in the past. I read a bit more about this town on the internet.
 

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