Van Buren, Mississippi facts for kids
|Elevation||262 ft (80 m)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||679181|
Once a busy port on the Tombigbee River, Van Buren is today a rural farm community.
Van Buren was located on a high bluff on the river's west bank. It was named for Martin Van Buren. North of Van Buren was Frog Level Swamp.
Winfield Walker, a nephew of Winfield Scott, settled in Van Buren in 1838, and became a merchant.
By 1840, Van Buren was the largest town in Itawamba County, and had a busy river port. The populations of both Fulton and Van Buren grew with settlers through the 1840s, and both had blacksmith shops, doctor's offices, stores, and lawyer's offices.
The completion of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad west of Van Buren in the late 1850s caused river traffic to diminish; the railway "ruined it and the old site is now under cultivation".
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