Monthly Archives: May 2012

More from the Chickasaw Iron Works

Another example of this apparently common style of commercial building in the Delta, with its familiar iron supports and step, is in the remains of this building in downtown Merigold.  Assuming it was constructed close to the other buildings on … Continue reading

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Kansas City MKT & GRO aka Merigold Meats

Yesterday’s post was about the Gong Company, a Chinese-owned grocery store in Merigold.  Next door was what we assumed to be a separate store, although the sign is definitely revealing a connection.  I am going way out on a limb … Continue reading

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The Gong Company Merigold downtown

The Gong Company building in downtown Merigold is estimated by MDAH to be circa 1925.  Kit Gong came to the US in 1959 according to an oral interview with Delta State University (2000).  The 1940 Fidelis includes an ad reading: The Gong … Continue reading

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Merigold downtown Front Street

Another new discovery while we were in Mound Bayou last week was downtown Merigold, Mound Bayou’s next door neighbor.  We were on our way to Po’ Monkey’s when we made a detour to look at a church building, and whilst … Continue reading

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Hushpuckena on old highway 61

Hushpuckena, located between Duncan and Shelby, was once a “flag stop” for the Delta Express train operated by the Illinois Central Railroad.  While searching for the Andrew Jackson Donelson House near Duncan, we passed through this town.  From Highway 61, … Continue reading

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You will find me in Mound Bayou

I’ll be in Mound Bayou for the next 5 days, so I will just be posting brief updates on the Lottabusha County Chronicles this week.

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Red Shutters Redux

I have found a new interest in my photographic jaunts–going behind buildings.  It all started with Malvaney suggesting I look at the back of a building when trying to determine if the front was original or a facade.  The rear … Continue reading

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Water Valley Post Office

This white stucco building was erected in 1924 and first occupied in 1925.  The Neo-Classical Revival structure was designed by James A. Wetmore.  It was the first building for the general contracting company of Virginia Engineering Company.  Per the nomination … Continue reading

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101 Places in Mississippi: Lafayette County Courthouse

The original Lafayette County courthouse was burned by Union troops in 1864.  The current courthouse, one of the oldest in the state and in continuous use as a courthouse, was built between 1871-1873 .  The courthouse circa 1930 before the building was … Continue reading

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101 Places in Mississippi: Ammadelle

Ammadelle was designed in 1857 by Calvert Vaux, co-designer of Central Park in New York City.  Vaux was more widely known for his landscape architecture, and he also designed the 7-acre site on which Ammadelle sits.  The style is Italianate … Continue reading

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