Monday, July 22, 2013

Rodney - Forsaken by the Mississippi River

Jefferson County, Mississippi 

During the 1840s and 1850s, the town of Rodney was the busiest port on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and St. Louis. With over 1000 permanent residents, Rodney boasted 35 stores, a grand hotel for visiting travelers, two banks and Mississippi's first opera house.

After the Mississippi River changed its course and left Rodney inland some three miles, the town began a slow decline. Today, although there are still a couple of residents, the town consists of abandoned and boarded up buildings and empty lots where houses and businesses once stood.


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