Commerce

Name:

Commerce

County:

Tunica

Zip Code:

 

Latitude / Longitude:

34°49′10″N 90°22′49″W / 34.81944°N 90.38028°W / 34.81944

Elevation:

200 ft (61 m)

Time Zone:

Central (CST) (UTC-6)

Comments:

Commerce is a ghost town in Tunica County, Mississippi, United States. Commerce Landing was the town’s port. Commerce is located on the Mississippi River, 4 mi (6.4 km) west of Tunica Resorts.

Remains:

Once a thriving river port, Commerce today is farmland surrounded by large casinos. Little remains of the original community.

Established:

 

Disestablished:

 

Current Status:

In 1955, a tornado touched down on the Abbay & Leatherman plantation, killing 28. It cut a 200 ft (61 m) wide path and destroyed a row of tenant houses, a school, a church, and a cotton gin. The school was in session, and most of the dead were children and their teacher.

Remarks:

Commerce Landing is one of two hypothesized locations where Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto may have crossed the Mississippi River (the other is Friars Point, Mississippi). Archeological sites at Commerce have dated to around 1541, and three archeological sites near Commerce have been found to contain Late Mississippian ceramics, which corresponds to records left by the Spanish describing three Quizquiz Indian villages they encountered near the Mississippi River. During the 1820s, both Commerce and Mound City, Arkansas were considered commercial rivals of Memphis, Tennessee, and by 1839, Commerce had a larger population than Memphis (located 40 mi (64 km) north on the Mississippi River).

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