Category Archives: Mississippi

North on the Trace from Natchez

After I finally finished up my week in Natchez–back in March!–I headed homeward on the Trace again.  After all, it was quiet, calm, beautiful, and hardly any traffic.  It is interesting how the same road can look different from a … Continue reading

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The Natchez Trace

Edith Wyatt Moore, Natchez historian and officer of the Natchez Trace Association, was recognized for her civic service January 2, 1935 in promoting the Natchez Trace.  Mrs. Moore presented at a congressional committee hearing regarding the development of the Natchez … Continue reading

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On the Bluff: The Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Depot

In 1907, Brookhaven, Natchez, Vicksburg, and Grenada were all desirous of new depots to accommodate railway travelers on the Illinois Central/Yazoo & Mississippi lines. Mr. W. L. Smith, of Memphis, general agent of the Illinois Central…stated that the depot matters … Continue reading

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Forks of the Road Historical Site

While the first black slaves were brought to the Natchez area by the French around 1720, it did not take long for the business of trading in the buying and selling of human beings to expand.  By 1810, more than … Continue reading

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The Rhythm Night Club Fire

Many may know about the Rhythm Night Club fire in 1940 that claimed the lives of some 200+ (accounts vary widely of the number who died and number present) African Americans gathered for a show by the Walter Barnes Orchestra … Continue reading

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St. Mary’s Minor Basilica

My first visit to St. Mary’s Minor Basilica was back in Lottabusha County Chronicles I days. You can read more about St. Mary Minor Basilica in Natchez there.  These photos are from a brief view down the street, captured as the sun … Continue reading

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More Meskers in Natchez: W. J. Hogan Building

Historically, Mississippians purchased a lot of Mesker products, ranking the state as the 12th largest overall buyer with a combined estimate of approximately 1,356 facades.  (Darius Bryjka, November 25, 2014) Natchez leads the state with the most surviving Mesker Brothers storefronts, … Continue reading

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107-111 North Pearl Street

Another surviving Mesker Brothers storefront is located at 107-111 North Pearl Street, Natchez. The iron front was aded sometime between 1893-1897 according to the Sanborn maps for Natchez.  Mary Warren Miller, 1979, described the building: Two-story fourteen-bay brick commercial building … Continue reading

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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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