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Grand Gulf Military State Park
Confederate Memorial Chapel at Grand Gulf Military State Park.jpg
Confederate Memorial Chapel, built in 1869, was moved to Grand Gulf Military State Park from Rodney, Mississippi in 1983.
Nearest city Port Gibson
Area 400 acres (160 ha)
NRHP reference No. 72000689
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 11, 1972

Grand Gulf Military State Park is a Mississippi state park located 10 miles northwest of Port Gibson in the unincorporated area that is now the ghost town of Grand Gulf, in Claiborne County. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Mississippi Landmark.

The 400-acre landmark includes Fort Cobun and Fort Wade, the Grand Gulf Cemetery, a museum, campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails, an observation tower, and several restored buildings dating back to Grand Gulf's heyday.

Grand Gulf was originally a port on the Mississippi River, and in the 19th century before the war shipped thousands of bales of cotton that arrived by rail from Clinton, Mississippi in Hinds County. Its population in 1858 was 1,000 to 1500, and the community had two churches, a hospital, theater, town hall, cotton press, steam saw, and grits mill. It became isolated later after the Mississippi River changed its course to the west, and the town died without access to the river. It became a ghost town after the turn of the 20th century.

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