With so many small, almost desolate, towns in the state of Mississippi, the number of old buildings and businesses that have been virtually forgotten about seems to be in excess. And while it is sad to see, there is also something so intriguing about these structures of yesteryear. Check out the list below for some of the most interesting outdated structures in the state.
1. Rapids on the Reservoir
The once lively water park was opened in 1983. The 25 acre site, which was sold in approximately 2008, was in business for 25 years.
2. Royal Land Amusement Park
Closed since the 1970’s, this Meridian amusement park had quite an interesting story. Lloyd Royal, the owner, had a vision for a non-traveling carnival, so he purchased all second hand rides and constructed Royal Land. The small amusement park was made up of just a few rides that were run by a generator. There were reports of the generator sometimes dying and everything coming to a screeching halt – even causing the roller coaster to have to be manually pushed!
3. Hawkins Field Terminal
Built in 1936, this building was the original commercial airport of Jackson. Since it is one of the few remaining airport terminals of its time left, there have been efforts to restore the building but to no avail due to lack of funds.
4. Cleveland Turntable
Built in the early 1900’s, the railroad turntable was an extension of the Illinois Central Railroad. Sometime after this photo was taken in 2009, this piece of property was purchased and much of the area demolished with the intent of constructing a new neighborhood. The turntable itself was removed and donated to the city.
5. Dubard Railroad Depot
Part of the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad, this dilapidated building once served as the train depot. It is located off of the highway between Grenada and Greenwood. By the 1940’s, this route no longer existed and, because of such, the tracks were torn up.
6. South Mississippi State Hospital
Located in Laurel, this abandoned hospital looks totally creepy, and, not surprisingly, it is reportedly haunted.
7. Enterprise Bridge
This Clarke County bridge, which spans the Chickasawhay River, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
8. Shubuta Bridge
Constructed in 1909, this bridge crosses the Chickasawhay River. It has been nicknamed “the hanging bridge” because there have supposedly been two instances in which the bridge was used for hangings – once in 1917 and again in 1942; however, there are no records of either incident being investigated or suspects identified.
This small cabin was built in 1768 near present-day Roxie. In the 1970’s, the building was moved to Grand Gulf Military Park.
10. Brumfield Grocery Store
Located in Rodney, it is hard to believe this was once a functioning grocery store in the busy river town.
11. Scooba Town Hall
At the time of the 2000 census, this small Kemper County town had only a little over 600 residents. The picture shows Scooba’s old Town Hall building as well as what used to be a busy downtown area filled with stores.
12. Wagner’s Store
Located in Church Hill, this general store, which also served as a post office, was built in 1837. The post office was actually still functioning up until the early 1990’s. As of today, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as it is the oldest standing wooden general store that contained a post office.
13. Mont Helena
In 1855, Helen Johnstone visited her father’s plantation, “The Helen Place.” She was unnerved by the fact that the workers did not have a place to worship, and, because of such, she commissioned the building of “Mont Helena” in 1878.
Have you seen any of these places personally or know of any others that aren’t on the list? Be sure to share in the comments section below!