Category Archives: Historic Downtowns

526 Franklin Street

526 Franklin, corner of Franklin and Union in Natchez, currently is home to Edward Jones Investments.  The circa 1890 building was restored from a pretty horrid mid-60s or thereabouts “update” when the lower floor was remodeled with jeweler’s windows.  The … Continue reading

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Mr. Pickens’ Livery Stable: Corner of Main & Canal, Natchez

While preparing for my recent trip to Natchez, and doing a little historic research, I came across an article that featured a photo of this building with a question as to anyone knowing the history of the building. I recalled … Continue reading

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The Marsaw Family: Levi, Levi, Jr., & Levi III

While visiting the Triangle Area of St. Catherine Street in Natchez, this unpretentious masonry block building–seemingly out of place amongst the historic buildings in the area–caught my interest. It carries a Streamline Art Moderne appearance with the rounded corner. Close … Continue reading

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Dr. John Bowman Banks

Dr. John Bowman Banks’ home and first office was in this house, which was constructed sometime between 1886 and 1892.  Dr. Banks was issued his Mississippi medical license in 1885, and filed to practice in Natchez in 1889.  The first … Continue reading

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Sadie V. Thompson House, former home to John Stevens and Frances Smith

Right next to the Sarah Smith Russell house was originally home to another of Eliza Smith’s daughters, Frances, and her husband John Stevens.  Stevens was a police patrolman in Natchez, and retired in 1918 after 30 years of service.  The … Continue reading

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Sarah Smith Russell house

The circa 1880 one-story frame house at 28 St. Catherine bears “echoes of the Italianate style” or Vernacular Italianate and was constructed by at least 1886″ at the beginning of Queen Anne period in Natchez” (Mary Warren Miller, 1995, NRHP … Continue reading

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Former US Post Office, Natchez

Yesterday’s post provided the history of the pre-post office occupant of the site on the corner of Wall and Main, Natchez.  William Johnson, a free man of color, owned and operated a barbershop at this location.  As indicated, in 1854, … Continue reading

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Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture: Former US Post Office

Mississippi Department of Archives & History/Historic Resources Inventory lists the former US Post Office on Main Street as 1905, remodeled 1935.  The buff-colored brick building has a pyramidal tile roof, and the remodel was the addition to the right in … Continue reading

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Nudie’s Honky Tonk: Tribute to Nuta Kotlyarenko aka Nudie Cohn

Nudie’s suits bring to mind Porter Waggoner, Roy Rogers, Dolly Parton, and even Robert Redford as “The Electric Horseman.”  They were only some of the country western singers and stars who wore Nudie Cohn’s rhinestone covered, embroidered suits.  Creeping down … Continue reading

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Perkins-Timberlake on the Decatur Square

Back in 1897, J. J. Perkins opened his first dry goods store on the Decatur, Texas square.  Known as The Red Store, Perkins ‘Shouted the glad tidings’ in the Decatur Wise County Messenger: The reign of High Prices is over. … Continue reading

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