Category Archives: Historic Downtowns

Main Street Indianola

Indianola’s Main Street led into downtown to dead-end on Front Avenue, where many businesses were clustered.  This charming stretch of Main in the 100 block prior to reaching Front Avenue was home to the Sunflower Bank (visible just to the … Continue reading

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Sunflower Bank Building

The corner of Main Street and Court Avenue in Indianola, Mississippi is home to the former Sunflower Bank.  A fire–‘terrible conflagration’ in the terminology of the time, destroyed all but the 3 Faison’s brick stores, a dry goods emporium.  The … Continue reading

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Indianola Post Office

I have been planning to visit the Indianola New Deal Administration post office for over 3 years…and this year is the Year of the Great Mississippi Road Trips to the Delta region.  The Indianola post office was built in 1935 … Continue reading

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Standard Life Building: The towering Art Deco of 1929

When I arrived at the historic King Edward Hotel (now known as the Hilton Garden Inn) last Tuesday afternoon, I opened the drapes to check my view, and spied the Standard Life building.  Little did I know at the time … Continue reading

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E. F. Young, Jr.: Meridian Entrepreneur

In addition to his manufacturing company, E. F. Young, Jr., Meridian, Mississippi’s only Negro manufacturer, owns and operates a beauty and barber shop with which is also conducted an efficient beauty school where barbers and beauticians are trained.  He is … Continue reading

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Looking beyond where you were looking

I have been planning a post on the E. L. Young Hotel in Meridian for some time now–ever since I took the photographs back in August.  The Young Hotel was part of the research on the Victor Green travel book–accommodations … Continue reading

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Mystery Corner Building: Canton TX

I know what you might be thinking, or at least, what I would be thinking if I saw this building on a historic downtown square….huh?  But, since I love history in its many forms, and I really do love mid-century … Continue reading

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J. T. Hodges, 1893, Canton TX

From It Is Reported– That J. T. Hodges’ stock of drugs, &c, at Canton, Texas, was damaged by fire on the 9th inst.  The loss is nearly covered by insurance. (Pharmaceutical Record and Weekly Market Review: A Technical and Business Journal for … Continue reading

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Architectural Iron Work on the Canton TX Square

Nothing stops me in my tracks quite so quickly as seeing architectural iron work on buildings.  There is just something impressive about those communities who recognize these beautiful pieces of past architecture, and the store owners who prize them enough … Continue reading

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Bachmann Publick House

The Bachmann Publick House (tavern or ale house) is the last stop for the Easton, Pennsylvania tour.  Today’s stop, as all of our streetscapes in Easton, are brought to you courtesy of the research done by local Easton historian, Richard … Continue reading

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