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Beatties Bluff, Mississippi
Beatties Bluff, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Beatties Bluff, Mississippi
Beatties Bluff, Mississippi
Location in Mississippi
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Madison
164 ft (50 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)

Beatties Bluff (also Beattie's Bluff) is a ghost town located in Madison County, Mississippi, United States.

Once a thriving hamlet on the south shore of the Big Black River, it is today the location of a $32 million wastewater treatment plant. Nothing remains of the original settlement.


Beatties Bluff was founded in the early 1800s as an outpost along the Natchez Trace.

When Yazoo County was created in 1823, Beatties Bluff was made its first county seat. In 1829, the county seat was moved to Benton. When Madison County was created in 1829, it too named Beatties Bluff as its first county seat. Soon after, the county seat was moved to Livingston.

Boats would ascend the Big Black River to Beatties Bluff, which had a post office, court house, and other buildings made of hewn logs.

In 1835, rumors of a slave uprising were overheard on a plantation at Beatties Bluff. Slaves there were tortured to extract information, which led to the arrest and quick execution of two itinerant white men. This incident coincided with the general hysteria about slave uprisings known as the "Murrell Excitement".

The loss of both county seats eventually led the town to become extinct.

In 2000, Nissan Motor Company began construction of a vehicle assembly plant in nearby Canton. As part of the infrastructure, a site just west of the old town was selected in 2001 for the construction of the Beatties Bluff Wastewater Treatment Facility, capable of processing eight million gallons of water per day.

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