The St. Joseph Crier

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Legend has it that in 1872, the ship Iron Mountain, containing 54 passengers, simply vanished. It is speculated that river pirates stripped it and killed everyone on board. Nothing remains of the ship or any of the passengers except the ghostly disembodied screams of a woman coming from the Mississippi River near St. Joseph. She calls out in French, “Aidez-moi au nom de Dieu! Les hommes me blessent!” (“Help me, in the name of God! The men are hurting me!”)

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Geographic Information

Mississippi River
North of St. Joseph, LA
United States

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31.934415127367856, -91.19478034554044
Tensas Parish, Louisiana
Nearest Towns:
Saint Joseph, LA (2.5 mi.)
Newellton, LA (9.9 mi.)
Port Gibson, MS (12.5 mi.)
Waterproof, LA (14.2 mi.)
Fayette, MS (17.3 mi.)
Spokane, LA (22.5 mi.)
Clayton, LA (25.1 mi.)
Morgantown, MS (26.6 mi.)
Wisner, LA (27.2 mi.)
Sicily Island, LA (27.7 mi.)


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