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  • Towns, Extinct Settlements, and Designated areas of Lowndes County.

    If you would like to share your memories of living or growing up in any of these Lowndes County Communities, please send it to me in MS Word format, and I will get it posted for you. As an example, please click on Artesia, then, Artesia memories to see some stories. If you have information on any of these and other extinct towns below, please send that to me to post.

    Artesia Bent Oak Billups Gate Black Creek Caledonia Columbus
    Crawford Dunbar Forreston Kolola Springs Lone Oak McCrary
    McIntyre Mayhew Mt. Vernon New Hope North Prairie/Prairie Hill Old Macon Road
    Penn Station Plum Grove and Plum Nellie Rural Hill South Prairie Steens Waverly
    Woodlawn Colbert Barton Vinton

    Some of the founding towns are completely gone now. Among them are:

  • Plymouth, Maj. John Pitchlyn's town on top of the Bluffs where DeSoto was said to have camped on his journey across the county in 1540.
    Old Plymouth


    An article published in the Journal of Mississippi History
    Vol. 62, pp. 328-370, 2000
    By Jack D. Elliott, Jr.

  • Moore's Bluff... At the end of the Cotton Road where Camp Henry Pratt is located. The planters in the Prairie shipped their cotton to the warehouses on the Bluff by wagon to be sent on to Mobile by boat from there to the markets of the world.

  • Union Bluff... It was about 18 miles south on the west bank of the Tombigbee River. Union Bluff is across the river from Nashville in an area now called Plum Nellie. Union Bluff at one time was a busy shipping center where several trading routes met, it gained its name in that manner. The planters on the west side of the river in the Plum Nellie area shipped their cotton and other goods from Union Bluff. The flood of 1847 destroyed the settlement and it was abandoned.

  • West Port... Where the River turns east after leaving the Bluffs at Old Plymouth. There was a blacksmith shop there in the thirties. Map of old West Port, supplied by Jack Elliott

  • Nashville, a history written by Jack D. Elliott, Jr.
    First known as Young's Bluff, Nashville was a small antebellum river town on the Tombigbee. Damaged by the flood of 1847, the town became extinct soon after. The last river ferry in the county was located there.

  • Cork (aka Whiskey Town), and Plantersville.

    Special Thanks and Acknowledgement goes to William Mayo Ellis, Jr., for granting permission to reprint parts of the copywritten book "Lowndes County, Mississippi, a photographic reminiscence 1830-1980". Written and Compiled by The Lowndes County Department of Archives and History, Board of Directors (1980) William Mayo Ellis, Jr., President, Mrs. George Eaton, Sec., Mr. George Eaton, Mrs. Ray Furr, Mrs. Allison Hardy, Mrs. Russell Husband, Mrs. Lena Brooks, Mr. Jack Donnell, and Mrs. Betty Wood Thomas, Director.

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