Ghost Towns: Return To Rodney, Mississippi
More of the ghost town Rodney, Mississippi in color. We visit some more buildings and go inside to show some of the interiors. I also found some comparison photographs to show what the town looked like in 1940.
The Ghost Town of Mississippi - Rodney, MS
The exploration of an abandoned town about 30 miles northeast of Natchez, MS. This place was filled with cool churches and abandoned homes that you could easily sense this place was polling back in the day.
Rodney is a former city in Jefferson County in southwest Mississippi, approximately 32 miles (51 km) northeast of Natchez. Rodney was founded in 1828, and in the 19th century, it was only three votes away from becoming the capital of the Mississippi Territory. Its population declined to nearly zero after the Mississippi River changed course. The Rodney Center Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Baking the sweltering heat of the Mississippi summer heat.
Can we talk about how hot it is in Mississippi in June. With a heat index above 110 and virtually 100% humidity there was no relief in sight, not even in the shade of overgrown trees or decaying roofs. That didn't change the fact that I had a bunch of abandoned places to explore so armed with plenty of water I set out to find the best of Mississippi's forgotten world.
My exploitation started with a gamble, literally I went to check out a casino called Mhoon Landing in the middle of nowhere. The casino was there alright but I wan't sure it had ever been open. There were lots of games left to the elements but most of the building was bare, as if it had never really been occupied. It was a cool place to find but not quite suited for the project.
Next I found an old train car near the Mississippi petrified forest. It was a cool little train with the perfect level of decay. I wouldn't normally even think of one train car as a potential location for a shoot, but this one was special and I had to consider it as a possibility.
I checked out Benton High School. This school was actually pretty cool and had enough elements for me to work with but there were a few snags. For starters the neighboring residence in close proximity combined with four giant 10 x 10 no trespassing signs were quite a deterrent. Enough so that I took the scenic route through the woods where I experience a wide variety of thick vines and spider webs. I was able to check out the location without any trouble but I had to think about bringing a model there and how much that would complicate things.
I had heard of an old hospital in Vicksburg Mississippi called the Kuhn Memorial State Hospital so I went to investigate. I was big, abandoned and absolutely trashed. Most of the hospital had been covered in tiles, almost all of which were now smashed to little bits. I was hoping to find some old equipment to work with, maybe a wheelchair or two but even to copper piping had been ripped out. Room after room was filled with chaos and destruction providing great backdrops around each and every corner. Even still there was more to see.
There after I found my self in the town of Utica Mississippi exploring the abandoned Utica high school. As I pulled up I had a good feeling about the place. Clearly abandoned the doors were open, in fact they might as well had a welcome sign posted out front. I wandered the old school freely. I found old desks, books, chalkboards, even a science lab. It seemed to be mostly untouched yet had the level of decay I was looking for. Considering the easy of accessibility and quality of the site it self, I was confident I found the location for the Mississippi shoot but....
I still had one more place to check out, just to make absolutely sure I had found the best location so I headed to they ghost town of Rodney, a great and rare example of a true ghost town. I mean no one is there, the buildings are still standing and you can go in and out as you please, well at least that was my experience on the day I went. Rodney had two churches, one of which was in excellent condition a few houses and a few small commercial structures. I was cool and made for a very difficult decision.
The next step was to get a model, and I was fortunate enough to team up with the wonderfully adventurousness and talented Amy Noelle Andrews. I have to hand it to her, it was probably one of the more grueling shoots so far on account of the heat and humidity I don't know if anyone else could have handled the conditions, but she did, with out a single complaint. (To learn more about Amy visit
As a result of my relentless scouting and Amy's willingness to endure the sweltering summer heat we pulled of an amazing photo shoot at the Utica High school.
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0:10 Mhoon Landing Casino
3:12 Illinois Central Train Car
4:20 Benton High School
7:19 Khun Memorial State Hospital
11:56 Utica High School
16:12 Ghost Town of Rodney MS
23:51 Heitisburg Water Works
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In this video I will be taking you to see some unique ruins of an old plantation in Mississippi. I will give you some facts about the ruins and some information about the location. Make sure to watch the video till the end so you will find out what location I will take you to next week!!!
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Rocky Springs Ghost Town On The Natchez Trace
Rocky Springs Mississippi is a ghost town and historic site located in Claiborne County, Mississippi, between Old Port Gibson Road and the Natchez Trace Parkway (mile post 54.8). The old town site can be viewed by the public during daylight hours. Rocky Springs and the surrounding area is maintained by the National Park Service.
Rocky Springs was established in the late 1700s as a popular watering place for travelers along the old Natchez Trace, near a natural spring and rock outcropping from which the budding community would take its name. In 1796, Mayburn Cooper settled in the area, and was recorded in the 1816 census as a land owner. In 1829, the Rocky Springs election precinct received 90 votes. A Methodist church was erected in 1837. The first private school, Rocky Springs Academy, opened in 1838. By 1860, the community of Rocky Springs had reached a maximum population of 2,616 inhabitants, plus approximately 2,000 slaves, all living in a 25-square-mile (65 km2) area. According to the NPS, at its height the town proper contained three merchants, four physicians, four teachers, three clergy and 13 artisans. Cotton farming was the main economic driver.
The community of Rocky Springs began to decline during the Civil War, at which time Union forces passed through the area during the advance on nearby Port Gibson. In 1878 the remaining inhabitants of Rocky Springs faced an outbreak of yellow fever. Later, valuable cotton crops were destroyed by an infestation of boll weevils, while at the same time farmers were struggling with severe erosion caused by many years of poor land management. In 1930, the last store closed, and the natural spring, from which the town took its name, dried up.
Today, the old town site of Rocky Springs can be viewed by the public during daylight hours. The Methodist church built in 1837 is the only remaining structure, and continues to hold regular Sunday services. Some remnants of the town can be viewed along a short loop trail, including a post office safe and a cistern. Placards placed along the trail by the NPS offer historical information about the town's growth and decline. A small graveyard adjacent to the church is maintained, and is the grave site of some the original settlers.
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