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Located in the Antioch area, the post office was named Rufus in honor of Rufus Patrick. The post office existed from 1902 to 1909.

Comeby was a sawmill town near Star and Belpine. It was named for the favorite expression of Mr. John R. Webster, owner of the mill, “Come by to see me”. Comeby had a post office from 1903 until 1918.


About two miles north of Star, Dane owed its existence to a sawmill owned by W.T. Sandifer in 1915. When the

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sawmill was moved in 1922, Dane lost its “raison d’etre”. This was the pattern that developed during the years that timber was being cut. Villages sprang up around the sawmills, but became ghost towns when the timber was gone and the sawmills were moved elsewhere.

Richmond, located on the Pearl River, is thought to be the first settlement in Rankin County. The community was destroyed by fire and was never rebuilt.