Once a rival to Memphis, Randolph vanished from the map

The view of the Mississippi River from the former town of Randolph. – TENNESSEE HISTORY FOR KIDS PHOTO

Today there is only one notable Tennessee city or town along the Mississippi River, but that didn’t used to be the case. In fact, I would argue that Tennessee’s most important “ghost town” is the Tipton County community of Randolph.

In 1827, investors incorporated Randolph on the Mississippi River, about 40 miles upstream from Memphis. One of the reasons that they picked the site is that there is a large bluff there, from where you can see about ten miles north and south along the river.

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