Duncansby, Mississippi

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Duncansby, Mississippi
Ghost town
Duncansby, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Duncansby, Mississippi
Duncansby, Mississippi
Location within the state of Mississippi
Coordinates: 32°57′51″N 91°04′47″W / 32.96417°N 91.07972°W / 32.96417; -91.07972Coordinates: 32°57′51″N 91°04′47″W / 32.96417°N 91.07972°W / 32.96417; -91.07972
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Issaquena
Elevation 102 ft (31 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
GNIS feature ID 687591[1]

Duncansby is a ghost town in Issaquena County, Mississippi.[1]

Duncansby was located on a stretch of the Mississippi River known as Duncansby Chute.[2]

In 1844, nearby Skipwith became the first county seat. Shortly after, the county seat was moved to Duncansby. In 1848, the county seat was moved to Tallula.[3]

During the 19th century, the town erected dikes in an effort to reduce river flooding.[2]

In 1900, Duncansby had two churches, a post office, and a population of 157.[4]

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction of the Sarah Cutoff in 1935, which created Old River Chute, an oxbow lake, and removed Duncansby from the contiguous Mississippi River.[5]

Nothing remains of the former community.


  1. ^ a b "Duncansby Landing, Mississippi". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b Annual Report of the Mississippi River Commission. Mississippi River Commission. 1884. p. 423. 
  3. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (2006). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 599. 
  4. ^ Rowland, Dunbar (1907). Mississippi: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form. 1. Southern Historical Publishing Association. p. 666. 
  5. ^ Bragg, Marion (1977). "Historic Names and Places on the Lower Mississippi River" (PDF). Mississippi River Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-02-24.