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City of Ruleville History

In 1876, group of early settlers occupied the area we now know as Ruleville; many of them have decedents in the community today.   Names such as:
  • Edmondsono   
  • Hensono   
  • Marlowo   
  • Marshallo   
  • Ruleo   
  • Tackett

In 1892 the Ruleville post-office was establish and the mail came by horseback or wagon. 

A Village Charter was obtained in 1899 with a land acquisition by the family of Mary Jane Rule.  With the coming of the Yazoo Delta railroad which ran from Moorhead to Ruleville; Ruleville grew by leaps and bounds.  The story goes that the term “Yaller Dawg” came from a mispronunciation by an African American who said the Y.D. for the Yazoo Delta Railroad stood for “Yaller Dawg due to all the yellowed colored mud that often made the train jump the tracks.

By the turn of the century Ruleville had a total population of 226.

In the early 1900’s there were 3 public gins one of which was owned by the Rule brothers, a family practitioner and an excellent public school system. 

The first school was conducted in a 14 X 8 one room wood frame building in 1903 with a class size of 15 pupils.

1906 there were 20 business houses all in a flourishing condition.

In 1907 a new school house was erected and was destroyed by a cyclone in 1913.  Bonds were sold and a brick building was erected 1914.  It consisted of 6 classrooms, an assembly and an auditorium and was known as the Old White School House”. 

In 1920 Ruleville was a thriving town of over 1000 inhabitants.  The Planters bank and trust company was established in 1923 and grew out of a need for more banking facilities with a capital stock of 50,000 dollars.  The bank’s resources grew to over a million dollars by 1936.

The new high school was erected in 1935 and burned to the ground in 1965.  It was replaced with a temporary tin structure and that was replaced with the brick structure we see today.

2000 statistics for Ruleville, Mississippi from US Census

Total Population – 3234
Housing Units – 1096
Education – 1886 Total Students in the Public School System
Population with less than 9th grade education 475
Population from 9 – 12th grade with no diploma 313
College graduates – 298
Employment Status – Pop 16 years and over 2358  
In labor force 1215  Not in labor force 1143


  1. Healthcare/Education/Social Service
  2. Manufacturing
  3. Public Administration
  4. Retail Trade
  5. Agriculture/Fishing/forestry/hunting/mining


   23,036    34,278    44,334
 Per capita
   11,664    15,853    21,587