ARTESIA, MISSISSIPPI

ARTESIA, 55 m. (223 alt., 612 pop.), is the junction point of the main line of the Mobile & Ohio R.R. and its Columbus and Starkville branches. It takes its name from an artesian well N. of the depot. Unusually large quantities of hay are shipped from this point.
Between here and Macon the dominant features of the landscape are the HEDGES OF OSAGE ORANGE TREES planted in fence-like rows along the prairie’s edge. The highway runs like a narrow lane between their thorny, tangled branches. In winter these prickly trees are etched grayly against the sky, but in summer they burst into smooth green leaves and pale yellowish blossoms, which are replaced by orange-like inedible fruit. Many of these hedges were planted more than a century ago and constitute the pioneer planters’ mark upon the land. They confined stock and kept prying Indians out of cornfields, and they conveyed to neighbors theidea that the land encircled by the thorny fences was private property. Sometimes called bois d’ arc (Fr., wood of the ark), these trees, according to legend, furnished the sturdy wood out of which Noah built the ark. When lumber is cut from the trees, the tough wood often breaks the teeth of the saw.
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Many of the bois d’ arc trees still line the streets and fields of Artesia, though most are too big to be considered hedges. A lot of the trees have been replaced by metal barbed wire and chain-link fencing to mark changes in ownership and usage. The rail road that runs through town now is operated by Kansas City Southern (KCS). The big junction that was there in the 1930s is little more than a switching yard with three sets of tracks. The population, too, has decreased to 435 people, and will likely continue to drop. 
That doesn’t mean the people who are there aren’t happy to live in Artesia. Early in the morning people are out walking in the sun and the warm weather—enjoying the day and the quiet peace of the town. Like so many places in Mississippi, nature dominates—whether it is strolling down main street or venturing into the forest.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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ARTESIA, MISSISSIPPI

ARTESIA, 55 m. (223 alt., 612 pop.), is the junction point of the main line of the Mobile & Ohio R.R. and its Columbus and Starkville branches. It takes its name from an artesian well N. of the depot. Unusually large quantities of hay are shipped from this point.
Between here and Macon the dominant features of the landscape are the HEDGES OF OSAGE ORANGE TREES planted in fence-like rows along the prairie’s edge. The highway runs like a narrow lane between their thorny, tangled branches. In winter these prickly trees are etched grayly against the sky, but in summer they burst into smooth green leaves and pale yellowish blossoms, which are replaced by orange-like inedible fruit. Many of these hedges were planted more than a century ago and constitute the pioneer planters’ mark upon the land. They confined stock and kept prying Indians out of cornfields, and they conveyed to neighbors theidea that the land encircled by the thorny fences was private property. Sometimes called bois d’ arc (Fr., wood of the ark), these trees, according to legend, furnished the sturdy wood out of which Noah built the ark. When lumber is cut from the trees, the tough wood often breaks the teeth of the saw.
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Many of the bois d’ arc trees still line the streets and fields of Artesia, though most are too big to be considered hedges. A lot of the trees have been replaced by metal barbed wire and chain-link fencing to mark changes in ownership and usage. The rail road that runs through town now is operated by Kansas City Southern (KCS). The big junction that was there in the 1930s is little more than a switching yard with three sets of tracks. The population, too, has decreased to 435 people, and will likely continue to drop. 
That doesn’t mean the people who are there aren’t happy to live in Artesia. Early in the morning people are out walking in the sun and the warm weather—enjoying the day and the quiet peace of the town. Like so many places in Mississippi, nature dominates—whether it is strolling down main street or venturing into the forest.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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ARTESIA, MISSISSIPPI

ARTESIA, 55 m. (223 alt., 612 pop.), is the junction point of the main line of the Mobile & Ohio R.R. and its Columbus and Starkville branches. It takes its name from an artesian well N. of the depot. Unusually large quantities of hay are shipped from this point.
Between here and Macon the dominant features of the landscape are the HEDGES OF OSAGE ORANGE TREES planted in fence-like rows along the prairie’s edge. The highway runs like a narrow lane between their thorny, tangled branches. In winter these prickly trees are etched grayly against the sky, but in summer they burst into smooth green leaves and pale yellowish blossoms, which are replaced by orange-like inedible fruit. Many of these hedges were planted more than a century ago and constitute the pioneer planters’ mark upon the land. They confined stock and kept prying Indians out of cornfields, and they conveyed to neighbors theidea that the land encircled by the thorny fences was private property. Sometimes called bois d’ arc (Fr., wood of the ark), these trees, according to legend, furnished the sturdy wood out of which Noah built the ark. When lumber is cut from the trees, the tough wood often breaks the teeth of the saw.
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Many of the bois d’ arc trees still line the streets and fields of Artesia, though most are too big to be considered hedges. A lot of the trees have been replaced by metal barbed wire and chain-link fencing to mark changes in ownership and usage. The rail road that runs through town now is operated by Kansas City Southern (KCS). The big junction that was there in the 1930s is little more than a switching yard with three sets of tracks. The population, too, has decreased to 435 people, and will likely continue to drop. 
That doesn’t mean the people who are there aren’t happy to live in Artesia. Early in the morning people are out walking in the sun and the warm weather—enjoying the day and the quiet peace of the town. Like so many places in Mississippi, nature dominates—whether it is strolling down main street or venturing into the forest.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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ARTESIA, MISSISSIPPI

ARTESIA, 55 m. (223 alt., 612 pop.), is the junction point of the main line of the Mobile & Ohio R.R. and its Columbus and Starkville branches. It takes its name from an artesian well N. of the depot. Unusually large quantities of hay are shipped from this point.
Between here and Macon the dominant features of the landscape are the HEDGES OF OSAGE ORANGE TREES planted in fence-like rows along the prairie’s edge. The highway runs like a narrow lane between their thorny, tangled branches. In winter these prickly trees are etched grayly against the sky, but in summer they burst into smooth green leaves and pale yellowish blossoms, which are replaced by orange-like inedible fruit. Many of these hedges were planted more than a century ago and constitute the pioneer planters’ mark upon the land. They confined stock and kept prying Indians out of cornfields, and they conveyed to neighbors theidea that the land encircled by the thorny fences was private property. Sometimes called bois d’ arc (Fr., wood of the ark), these trees, according to legend, furnished the sturdy wood out of which Noah built the ark. When lumber is cut from the trees, the tough wood often breaks the teeth of the saw.
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Many of the bois d’ arc trees still line the streets and fields of Artesia, though most are too big to be considered hedges. A lot of the trees have been replaced by metal barbed wire and chain-link fencing to mark changes in ownership and usage. The rail road that runs through town now is operated by Kansas City Southern (KCS). The big junction that was there in the 1930s is little more than a switching yard with three sets of tracks. The population, too, has decreased to 435 people, and will likely continue to drop. 
That doesn’t mean the people who are there aren’t happy to live in Artesia. Early in the morning people are out walking in the sun and the warm weather—enjoying the day and the quiet peace of the town. Like so many places in Mississippi, nature dominates—whether it is strolling down main street or venturing into the forest.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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ARTESIA, MISSISSIPPI

ARTESIA, 55 m. (223 alt., 612 pop.), is the junction point of the main line of the Mobile & Ohio R.R. and its Columbus and Starkville branches. It takes its name from an artesian well N. of the depot. Unusually large quantities of hay are shipped from this point.
Between here and Macon the dominant features of the landscape are the HEDGES OF OSAGE ORANGE TREES planted in fence-like rows along the prairie’s edge. The highway runs like a narrow lane between their thorny, tangled branches. In winter these prickly trees are etched grayly against the sky, but in summer they burst into smooth green leaves and pale yellowish blossoms, which are replaced by orange-like inedible fruit. Many of these hedges were planted more than a century ago and constitute the pioneer planters’ mark upon the land. They confined stock and kept prying Indians out of cornfields, and they conveyed to neighbors theidea that the land encircled by the thorny fences was private property. Sometimes called bois d’ arc (Fr., wood of the ark), these trees, according to legend, furnished the sturdy wood out of which Noah built the ark. When lumber is cut from the trees, the tough wood often breaks the teeth of the saw.
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Many of the bois d’ arc trees still line the streets and fields of Artesia, though most are too big to be considered hedges. A lot of the trees have been replaced by metal barbed wire and chain-link fencing to mark changes in ownership and usage. The rail road that runs through town now is operated by Kansas City Southern (KCS). The big junction that was there in the 1930s is little more than a switching yard with three sets of tracks. The population, too, has decreased to 435 people, and will likely continue to drop. 
That doesn’t mean the people who are there aren’t happy to live in Artesia. Early in the morning people are out walking in the sun and the warm weather—enjoying the day and the quiet peace of the town. Like so many places in Mississippi, nature dominates—whether it is strolling down main street or venturing into the forest.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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ARTESIA, MISSISSIPPI

ARTESIA, 55 m. (223 alt., 612 pop.), is the junction point of the main line of the Mobile & Ohio R.R. and its Columbus and Starkville branches. It takes its name from an artesian well N. of the depot. Unusually large quantities of hay are shipped from this point.
Between here and Macon the dominant features of the landscape are the HEDGES OF OSAGE ORANGE TREES planted in fence-like rows along the prairie’s edge. The highway runs like a narrow lane between their thorny, tangled branches. In winter these prickly trees are etched grayly against the sky, but in summer they burst into smooth green leaves and pale yellowish blossoms, which are replaced by orange-like inedible fruit. Many of these hedges were planted more than a century ago and constitute the pioneer planters’ mark upon the land. They confined stock and kept prying Indians out of cornfields, and they conveyed to neighbors theidea that the land encircled by the thorny fences was private property. Sometimes called bois d’ arc (Fr., wood of the ark), these trees, according to legend, furnished the sturdy wood out of which Noah built the ark. When lumber is cut from the trees, the tough wood often breaks the teeth of the saw.
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Many of the bois d’ arc trees still line the streets and fields of Artesia, though most are too big to be considered hedges. A lot of the trees have been replaced by metal barbed wire and chain-link fencing to mark changes in ownership and usage. The rail road that runs through town now is operated by Kansas City Southern (KCS). The big junction that was there in the 1930s is little more than a switching yard with three sets of tracks. The population, too, has decreased to 435 people, and will likely continue to drop. 
That doesn’t mean the people who are there aren’t happy to live in Artesia. Early in the morning people are out walking in the sun and the warm weather—enjoying the day and the quiet peace of the town. Like so many places in Mississippi, nature dominates—whether it is strolling down main street or venturing into the forest.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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ARTESIA, MISSISSIPPI

ARTESIA, 55 m. (223 alt., 612 pop.), is the junction point of the main line of the Mobile & Ohio R.R. and its Columbus and Starkville branches. It takes its name from an artesian well N. of the depot. Unusually large quantities of hay are shipped from this point.
Between here and Macon the dominant features of the landscape are the HEDGES OF OSAGE ORANGE TREES planted in fence-like rows along the prairie’s edge. The highway runs like a narrow lane between their thorny, tangled branches. In winter these prickly trees are etched grayly against the sky, but in summer they burst into smooth green leaves and pale yellowish blossoms, which are replaced by orange-like inedible fruit. Many of these hedges were planted more than a century ago and constitute the pioneer planters’ mark upon the land. They confined stock and kept prying Indians out of cornfields, and they conveyed to neighbors theidea that the land encircled by the thorny fences was private property. Sometimes called bois d’ arc (Fr., wood of the ark), these trees, according to legend, furnished the sturdy wood out of which Noah built the ark. When lumber is cut from the trees, the tough wood often breaks the teeth of the saw.
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Many of the bois d’ arc trees still line the streets and fields of Artesia, though most are too big to be considered hedges. A lot of the trees have been replaced by metal barbed wire and chain-link fencing to mark changes in ownership and usage. The rail road that runs through town now is operated by Kansas City Southern (KCS). The big junction that was there in the 1930s is little more than a switching yard with three sets of tracks. The population, too, has decreased to 435 people, and will likely continue to drop. 
That doesn’t mean the people who are there aren’t happy to live in Artesia. Early in the morning people are out walking in the sun and the warm weather—enjoying the day and the quiet peace of the town. Like so many places in Mississippi, nature dominates—whether it is strolling down main street or venturing into the forest.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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ARTESIA, MISSISSIPPI

ARTESIA, 55 m. (223 alt., 612 pop.), is the junction point of the main line of the Mobile & Ohio R.R. and its Columbus and Starkville branches. It takes its name from an artesian well N. of the depot. Unusually large quantities of hay are shipped from this point.
Between here and Macon the dominant features of the landscape are the HEDGES OF OSAGE ORANGE TREES planted in fence-like rows along the prairie’s edge. The highway runs like a narrow lane between their thorny, tangled branches. In winter these prickly trees are etched grayly against the sky, but in summer they burst into smooth green leaves and pale yellowish blossoms, which are replaced by orange-like inedible fruit. Many of these hedges were planted more than a century ago and constitute the pioneer planters’ mark upon the land. They confined stock and kept prying Indians out of cornfields, and they conveyed to neighbors theidea that the land encircled by the thorny fences was private property. Sometimes called bois d’ arc (Fr., wood of the ark), these trees, according to legend, furnished the sturdy wood out of which Noah built the ark. When lumber is cut from the trees, the tough wood often breaks the teeth of the saw.
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Many of the bois d’ arc trees still line the streets and fields of Artesia, though most are too big to be considered hedges. A lot of the trees have been replaced by metal barbed wire and chain-link fencing to mark changes in ownership and usage. The rail road that runs through town now is operated by Kansas City Southern (KCS). The big junction that was there in the 1930s is little more than a switching yard with three sets of tracks. The population, too, has decreased to 435 people, and will likely continue to drop. 
That doesn’t mean the people who are there aren’t happy to live in Artesia. Early in the morning people are out walking in the sun and the warm weather—enjoying the day and the quiet peace of the town. Like so many places in Mississippi, nature dominates—whether it is strolling down main street or venturing into the forest.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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ARTESIA, MISSISSIPPI

ARTESIA, 55 m. (223 alt., 612 pop.), is the junction point of the main line of the Mobile & Ohio R.R. and its Columbus and Starkville branches. It takes its name from an artesian well N. of the depot. Unusually large quantities of hay are shipped from this point.
Between here and Macon the dominant features of the landscape are the HEDGES OF OSAGE ORANGE TREES planted in fence-like rows along the prairie’s edge. The highway runs like a narrow lane between their thorny, tangled branches. In winter these prickly trees are etched grayly against the sky, but in summer they burst into smooth green leaves and pale yellowish blossoms, which are replaced by orange-like inedible fruit. Many of these hedges were planted more than a century ago and constitute the pioneer planters’ mark upon the land. They confined stock and kept prying Indians out of cornfields, and they conveyed to neighbors theidea that the land encircled by the thorny fences was private property. Sometimes called bois d’ arc (Fr., wood of the ark), these trees, according to legend, furnished the sturdy wood out of which Noah built the ark. When lumber is cut from the trees, the tough wood often breaks the teeth of the saw.
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Many of the bois d’ arc trees still line the streets and fields of Artesia, though most are too big to be considered hedges. A lot of the trees have been replaced by metal barbed wire and chain-link fencing to mark changes in ownership and usage. The rail road that runs through town now is operated by Kansas City Southern (KCS). The big junction that was there in the 1930s is little more than a switching yard with three sets of tracks. The population, too, has decreased to 435 people, and will likely continue to drop. 
That doesn’t mean the people who are there aren’t happy to live in Artesia. Early in the morning people are out walking in the sun and the warm weather—enjoying the day and the quiet peace of the town. Like so many places in Mississippi, nature dominates—whether it is strolling down main street or venturing into the forest.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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ARTESIA, MISSISSIPPI

ARTESIA, 55 m. (223 alt., 612 pop.), is the junction point of the main line of the Mobile & Ohio R.R. and its Columbus and Starkville branches. It takes its name from an artesian well N. of the depot. Unusually large quantities of hay are shipped from this point.

Between here and Macon the dominant features of the landscape are the HEDGES OF OSAGE ORANGE TREES planted in fence-like rows along the prairie’s edge. The highway runs like a narrow lane between their thorny, tangled branches. In winter these prickly trees are etched grayly against the sky, but in summer they burst into smooth green leaves and pale yellowish blossoms, which are replaced by orange-like inedible fruit. Many of these hedges were planted more than a century ago and constitute the pioneer planters’ mark upon the land. They confined stock and kept prying Indians out of cornfields, and they conveyed to neighbors the
idea that the land encircled by the thorny fences was private property. Sometimes called bois d’ arc (Fr., wood of the ark), these trees, according to legend, furnished the sturdy wood out of which Noah built the ark. When lumber is cut from the trees, the tough wood often breaks the teeth of the saw.

Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Many of the bois d’ arc trees still line the streets and fields of Artesia, though most are too big to be considered hedges. A lot of the trees have been replaced by metal barbed wire and chain-link fencing to mark changes in ownership and usage. The rail road that runs through town now is operated by Kansas City Southern (KCS). The big junction that was there in the 1930s is little more than a switching yard with three sets of tracks. The population, too, has decreased to 435 people, and will likely continue to drop. 

That doesn’t mean the people who are there aren’t happy to live in Artesia. Early in the morning people are out walking in the sun and the warm weather—enjoying the day and the quiet peace of the town. Like so many places in Mississippi, nature dominates—whether it is strolling down main street or venturing into the forest.

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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.

FRIENDSHIP CEMETERY - COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI

FRIENDSHIP CEMETERY, long known as Odd Fellows Cemetery, 4th St. (R) facing 13th Ave. S., is situated on land purchased by the Odd Fellows in 1849 for recreational purposes. During the War between the States the 18 acres were converted into a cemetery. The first burials were of soldiers who fell at Shiloh. Under the magnolias are the graves of about 100 Federal and 1,500 Confederate soldiers, whose names were recorded in a book since lost. Now all graves are “unknown,” and so marked on the more than 1,000 headstones set up by the War Department in 1931. In one corner of the cemetery is a faded red brick vault—the grave of William Cocke, Revolutionary War veteran, legislator of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi. Memorial Day had its origin in this cemetery on April 26, 1866. The ladies of Columbus met and marched in procession to the burial ground, where they cleared and decorated with flowers the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers. This act inspired Francis Miles Finch’s poem, “The Blue and the Gray.” April 26, not the nationally recognized May 30, is still Decoration Day in Mississippi.
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Several of the grave markers have been overtaken completely by majestic Southern magnolias (Magnolia grandiflora), the tree that serves double duty as both the state tree and the state flower. Slowly growing around the marble monuments left for people that were forgotten to time. In a way, a fitting and honorable reminder of how much things have changed, how slow that change has been and how much we have left to make right.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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FRIENDSHIP CEMETERY - COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI

FRIENDSHIP CEMETERY, long known as Odd Fellows Cemetery, 4th St. (R) facing 13th Ave. S., is situated on land purchased by the Odd Fellows in 1849 for recreational purposes. During the War between the States the 18 acres were converted into a cemetery. The first burials were of soldiers who fell at Shiloh. Under the magnolias are the graves of about 100 Federal and 1,500 Confederate soldiers, whose names were recorded in a book since lost. Now all graves are “unknown,” and so marked on the more than 1,000 headstones set up by the War Department in 1931. In one corner of the cemetery is a faded red brick vault—the grave of William Cocke, Revolutionary War veteran, legislator of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi. Memorial Day had its origin in this cemetery on April 26, 1866. The ladies of Columbus met and marched in procession to the burial ground, where they cleared and decorated with flowers the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers. This act inspired Francis Miles Finch’s poem, “The Blue and the Gray.” April 26, not the nationally recognized May 30, is still Decoration Day in Mississippi.
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Several of the grave markers have been overtaken completely by majestic Southern magnolias (Magnolia grandiflora), the tree that serves double duty as both the state tree and the state flower. Slowly growing around the marble monuments left for people that were forgotten to time. In a way, a fitting and honorable reminder of how much things have changed, how slow that change has been and how much we have left to make right.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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FRIENDSHIP CEMETERY - COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI

FRIENDSHIP CEMETERY, long known as Odd Fellows Cemetery, 4th St. (R) facing 13th Ave. S., is situated on land purchased by the Odd Fellows in 1849 for recreational purposes. During the War between the States the 18 acres were converted into a cemetery. The first burials were of soldiers who fell at Shiloh. Under the magnolias are the graves of about 100 Federal and 1,500 Confederate soldiers, whose names were recorded in a book since lost. Now all graves are “unknown,” and so marked on the more than 1,000 headstones set up by the War Department in 1931. In one corner of the cemetery is a faded red brick vault—the grave of William Cocke, Revolutionary War veteran, legislator of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi. Memorial Day had its origin in this cemetery on April 26, 1866. The ladies of Columbus met and marched in procession to the burial ground, where they cleared and decorated with flowers the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers. This act inspired Francis Miles Finch’s poem, “The Blue and the Gray.” April 26, not the nationally recognized May 30, is still Decoration Day in Mississippi.
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Several of the grave markers have been overtaken completely by majestic Southern magnolias (Magnolia grandiflora), the tree that serves double duty as both the state tree and the state flower. Slowly growing around the marble monuments left for people that were forgotten to time. In a way, a fitting and honorable reminder of how much things have changed, how slow that change has been and how much we have left to make right.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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FRIENDSHIP CEMETERY - COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI

FRIENDSHIP CEMETERY, long known as Odd Fellows Cemetery, 4th St. (R) facing 13th Ave. S., is situated on land purchased by the Odd Fellows in 1849 for recreational purposes. During the War between the States the 18 acres were converted into a cemetery. The first burials were of soldiers who fell at Shiloh. Under the magnolias are the graves of about 100 Federal and 1,500 Confederate soldiers, whose names were recorded in a book since lost. Now all graves are “unknown,” and so marked on the more than 1,000 headstones set up by the War Department in 1931. In one corner of the cemetery is a faded red brick vault—the grave of William Cocke, Revolutionary War veteran, legislator of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Memorial Day had its origin in this cemetery on April 26, 1866. The ladies of Columbus met and marched in procession to the burial ground, where they cleared and decorated with flowers the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers. This act inspired Francis Miles Finch’s poem, “The Blue and the Gray.” April 26, not the nationally recognized May 30, is still Decoration Day in Mississippi.

Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Several of the grave markers have been overtaken completely by majestic Southern magnolias (Magnolia grandiflora), the tree that serves double duty as both the state tree and the state flower. Slowly growing around the marble monuments left for people that were forgotten to time. In a way, a fitting and honorable reminder of how much things have changed, how slow that change has been and how much we have left to make right.


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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.

WAYNESBORO, MISSISSIPPI
Waynesboro, Mississippi (pop. 5,197), is the county seat of Wayne County in Southeastern Mississippi and is home to the Waynesboro Whistle Stop Festival, an arts and crafts festival celebrating the history of Waynesboro. The forest products industry is still a large part of the economy, there are several sawmills, veneer and plywood plants that make up the community. Two major US Highways cross in town, US 45 and US 84, making it a prime location to ship goods throughout Mississippi and into Alabama.
The original WPA guidebook to the Magnolia State had little to say about Waynesboro itself, but what was once an attraction there had a special story:

Right on this road to the unexplored PITTS CAVE, 1 m., on the Pitts farm. The cave, with its entrance in the side of a hill, is a limestone formation. A number of stories are associated with the place. An Indian, said to have lost his dog in the cave, went in after it and was never seen again. Some say his skull was found years later. The dog, it is asserted, came out at another entrance with its body stripped clean of hair by the limestone gases. Another story has it that a Confederate detachment, pursued by the enemy, took refuge in the cave. The most enthralling story, however, is that of the exploration made by Capt. L. S. Pitts, father of the present owner, who many years ago decided to investigate the cave, using twine and candles in a Tom Sawyer manner. After four candles had been burned, Pitts was at the end of his twine and gave up his search for the end of the cave. He had traveled, he estimated, three miles. When he emerged, his eyes and face were swollen from the gas. Pitts believed the cave went under Chickasawhay River, for at a certain point in his trip he could hear running water above him. The river is about a mile in a direct line from the mouth of the cave.
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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WAYNESBORO, MISSISSIPPI
Waynesboro, Mississippi (pop. 5,197), is the county seat of Wayne County in Southeastern Mississippi and is home to the Waynesboro Whistle Stop Festival, an arts and crafts festival celebrating the history of Waynesboro. The forest products industry is still a large part of the economy, there are several sawmills, veneer and plywood plants that make up the community. Two major US Highways cross in town, US 45 and US 84, making it a prime location to ship goods throughout Mississippi and into Alabama.
The original WPA guidebook to the Magnolia State had little to say about Waynesboro itself, but what was once an attraction there had a special story:

Right on this road to the unexplored PITTS CAVE, 1 m., on the Pitts farm. The cave, with its entrance in the side of a hill, is a limestone formation. A number of stories are associated with the place. An Indian, said to have lost his dog in the cave, went in after it and was never seen again. Some say his skull was found years later. The dog, it is asserted, came out at another entrance with its body stripped clean of hair by the limestone gases. Another story has it that a Confederate detachment, pursued by the enemy, took refuge in the cave. The most enthralling story, however, is that of the exploration made by Capt. L. S. Pitts, father of the present owner, who many years ago decided to investigate the cave, using twine and candles in a Tom Sawyer manner. After four candles had been burned, Pitts was at the end of his twine and gave up his search for the end of the cave. He had traveled, he estimated, three miles. When he emerged, his eyes and face were swollen from the gas. Pitts believed the cave went under Chickasawhay River, for at a certain point in his trip he could hear running water above him. The river is about a mile in a direct line from the mouth of the cave.
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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WAYNESBORO, MISSISSIPPI

Waynesboro, Mississippi (pop. 5,197), is the county seat of Wayne County in Southeastern Mississippi and is home to the Waynesboro Whistle Stop Festival, an arts and crafts festival celebrating the history of Waynesboro. The forest products industry is still a large part of the economy, there are several sawmills, veneer and plywood plants that make up the community. Two major US Highways cross in town, US 45 and US 84, making it a prime location to ship goods throughout Mississippi and into Alabama.

The original WPA guidebook to the Magnolia State had little to say about Waynesboro itself, but what was once an attraction there had a special story:

Right on this road to the unexplored PITTS CAVE, 1 m., on the Pitts farm. The cave, with its entrance in the side of a hill, is a limestone formation. A number of stories are associated with the place. An Indian, said to have lost his dog in the cave, went in after it and was never seen again. Some say his skull was found years later. The dog, it is asserted, came out at another entrance with its body stripped clean of hair by the limestone gases. Another story has it that a Confederate detachment, pursued by the enemy, took refuge in the cave. The most enthralling story, however, is that of the exploration made by Capt. L. S. Pitts, father of the present owner, who many years ago decided to investigate the cave, using twine and candles in a Tom Sawyer manner. After four candles had been burned, Pitts was at the end of his twine and gave up his search for the end of the cave. He had traveled, he estimated, three miles. When he emerged, his eyes and face were swollen from the gas. Pitts believed the cave went under Chickasawhay River, for at a certain point in his trip he could hear running water above him. The river is about a mile in a direct line from the mouth of the cave.

Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.

MISSISSIPPI DIRT

As long as farming was confined to the fairly level second bottom lands of these valleys, erosion was not a serious problem. However, after the land boom of the 1830’s, and with railroads to help solve the problem of transportation, new cotton farmers moved into the hills and basins of northern and central Mississippi, and erosion was aggravated to an extent which few economic historians have realized. Thus the first State geologist, Eugene Hilgard, writing of the country around Oxford in the 1850’s, noticed that: “Even the present generation is rife with complaints about the exhaustion of the soils—in a region which, thirty years ago, had but just received the first scratch of the plowshare.”
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

David Jones, your Guide to Mississippi got some dirt under his nails to send this dispatch for Field Assignment #10 - Products and Manufacturing/Industry:

The soil of Mississippi is rich and deep in most places. Though not as deep as it was once before.

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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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MISSISSIPPI DIRT

As long as farming was confined to the fairly level second bottom lands of these valleys, erosion was not a serious problem. However, after the land boom of the 1830’s, and with railroads to help solve the problem of transportation, new cotton farmers moved into the hills and basins of northern and central Mississippi, and erosion was aggravated to an extent which few economic historians have realized. Thus the first State geologist, Eugene Hilgard, writing of the country around Oxford in the 1850’s, noticed that: “Even the present generation is rife with complaints about the exhaustion of the soils—in a region which, thirty years ago, had but just received the first scratch of the plowshare.”

Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

David Jones, your Guide to Mississippi got some dirt under his nails to send this dispatch for Field Assignment #10 - Products and Manufacturing/Industry:

The soil of Mississippi is rich and deep in most places. Though not as deep as it was once before.

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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.

WEST POINT, MISSISSIPPI

WEST POINT, 41 m. (241 alt., 4,677 pop.), a roomy, prosperous town fed by the farms and dairies of the surrounding flat lands, epitomizes the prairie. … Though a battleground during the War between the States, the town, that once had moved itself from the extreme corner of the county to be on the new railroad, was considered so attractive by a number of Federal officers that they came back after the war and settled here permanently. 
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Every Labor Day Weekend, in the town of West Point, Mississippi there are two events held. On Friday night is the Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival, followed by the Prairie Arts Festival on Saturday. Both events help celebrate the art and culture of the area, which is deep and rich like the soil that built many of the towns. Many industries have come and gone in West Point, from sawmills to a meat processing plant and town residents have had to deal with the impacts of economic factors outside of the region. Through it all, West Point has maintained its identity and embraced the things that make it great. Each year both festivals increase in size and notoriety, showcasing the diversity that makes Mississippi increasingly important in our country.
Guide notes: 
Blues legend Howlin’ Wolf was born just north of West Point and the city instituted the blues festival in his honor in 1995. For more information, visit West Point’s website.
The Prairie Arts Festival is held annually on the Saturday before Labor Day. It features arts and crafts, Mississippi cooking, a 5k race and a car show. Visit the city website for more information.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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WEST POINT, MISSISSIPPI

WEST POINT, 41 m. (241 alt., 4,677 pop.), a roomy, prosperous town fed by the farms and dairies of the surrounding flat lands, epitomizes the prairie. … Though a battleground during the War between the States, the town, that once had moved itself from the extreme corner of the county to be on the new railroad, was considered so attractive by a number of Federal officers that they came back after the war and settled here permanently. 
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Every Labor Day Weekend, in the town of West Point, Mississippi there are two events held. On Friday night is the Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival, followed by the Prairie Arts Festival on Saturday. Both events help celebrate the art and culture of the area, which is deep and rich like the soil that built many of the towns. Many industries have come and gone in West Point, from sawmills to a meat processing plant and town residents have had to deal with the impacts of economic factors outside of the region. Through it all, West Point has maintained its identity and embraced the things that make it great. Each year both festivals increase in size and notoriety, showcasing the diversity that makes Mississippi increasingly important in our country.
Guide notes: 
Blues legend Howlin’ Wolf was born just north of West Point and the city instituted the blues festival in his honor in 1995. For more information, visit West Point’s website.
The Prairie Arts Festival is held annually on the Saturday before Labor Day. It features arts and crafts, Mississippi cooking, a 5k race and a car show. Visit the city website for more information.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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WEST POINT, MISSISSIPPI

WEST POINT, 41 m. (241 alt., 4,677 pop.), a roomy, prosperous town fed by the farms and dairies of the surrounding flat lands, epitomizes the prairie. … Though a battleground during the War between the States, the town, that once had moved itself from the extreme corner of the county to be on the new railroad, was considered so attractive by a number of Federal officers that they came back after the war and settled here permanently. 
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Every Labor Day Weekend, in the town of West Point, Mississippi there are two events held. On Friday night is the Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival, followed by the Prairie Arts Festival on Saturday. Both events help celebrate the art and culture of the area, which is deep and rich like the soil that built many of the towns. Many industries have come and gone in West Point, from sawmills to a meat processing plant and town residents have had to deal with the impacts of economic factors outside of the region. Through it all, West Point has maintained its identity and embraced the things that make it great. Each year both festivals increase in size and notoriety, showcasing the diversity that makes Mississippi increasingly important in our country.
Guide notes: 
Blues legend Howlin’ Wolf was born just north of West Point and the city instituted the blues festival in his honor in 1995. For more information, visit West Point’s website.
The Prairie Arts Festival is held annually on the Saturday before Labor Day. It features arts and crafts, Mississippi cooking, a 5k race and a car show. Visit the city website for more information.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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WEST POINT, MISSISSIPPI

WEST POINT, 41 m. (241 alt., 4,677 pop.), a roomy, prosperous town fed by the farms and dairies of the surrounding flat lands, epitomizes the prairie. … Though a battleground during the War between the States, the town, that once had moved itself from the extreme corner of the county to be on the new railroad, was considered so attractive by a number of Federal officers that they came back after the war and settled here permanently. 
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Every Labor Day Weekend, in the town of West Point, Mississippi there are two events held. On Friday night is the Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival, followed by the Prairie Arts Festival on Saturday. Both events help celebrate the art and culture of the area, which is deep and rich like the soil that built many of the towns. Many industries have come and gone in West Point, from sawmills to a meat processing plant and town residents have had to deal with the impacts of economic factors outside of the region. Through it all, West Point has maintained its identity and embraced the things that make it great. Each year both festivals increase in size and notoriety, showcasing the diversity that makes Mississippi increasingly important in our country.
Guide notes: 
Blues legend Howlin’ Wolf was born just north of West Point and the city instituted the blues festival in his honor in 1995. For more information, visit West Point’s website.
The Prairie Arts Festival is held annually on the Saturday before Labor Day. It features arts and crafts, Mississippi cooking, a 5k race and a car show. Visit the city website for more information.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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WEST POINT, MISSISSIPPI

WEST POINT, 41 m. (241 alt., 4,677 pop.), a roomy, prosperous town fed by the farms and dairies of the surrounding flat lands, epitomizes the prairie. … Though a battleground during the War between the States, the town, that once had moved itself from the extreme corner of the county to be on the new railroad, was considered so attractive by a number of Federal officers that they came back after the war and settled here permanently. 
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Every Labor Day Weekend, in the town of West Point, Mississippi there are two events held. On Friday night is the Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival, followed by the Prairie Arts Festival on Saturday. Both events help celebrate the art and culture of the area, which is deep and rich like the soil that built many of the towns. Many industries have come and gone in West Point, from sawmills to a meat processing plant and town residents have had to deal with the impacts of economic factors outside of the region. Through it all, West Point has maintained its identity and embraced the things that make it great. Each year both festivals increase in size and notoriety, showcasing the diversity that makes Mississippi increasingly important in our country.
Guide notes: 
Blues legend Howlin’ Wolf was born just north of West Point and the city instituted the blues festival in his honor in 1995. For more information, visit West Point’s website.
The Prairie Arts Festival is held annually on the Saturday before Labor Day. It features arts and crafts, Mississippi cooking, a 5k race and a car show. Visit the city website for more information.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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WEST POINT, MISSISSIPPI

WEST POINT, 41 m. (241 alt., 4,677 pop.), a roomy, prosperous town fed by the farms and dairies of the surrounding flat lands, epitomizes the prairie. … Though a battleground during the War between the States, the town, that once had moved itself from the extreme corner of the county to be on the new railroad, was considered so attractive by a number of Federal officers that they came back after the war and settled here permanently. 
—Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Every Labor Day Weekend, in the town of West Point, Mississippi there are two events held. On Friday night is the Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival, followed by the Prairie Arts Festival on Saturday. Both events help celebrate the art and culture of the area, which is deep and rich like the soil that built many of the towns. Many industries have come and gone in West Point, from sawmills to a meat processing plant and town residents have had to deal with the impacts of economic factors outside of the region. Through it all, West Point has maintained its identity and embraced the things that make it great. Each year both festivals increase in size and notoriety, showcasing the diversity that makes Mississippi increasingly important in our country.
Guide notes: 
Blues legend Howlin’ Wolf was born just north of West Point and the city instituted the blues festival in his honor in 1995. For more information, visit West Point’s website.
The Prairie Arts Festival is held annually on the Saturday before Labor Day. It features arts and crafts, Mississippi cooking, a 5k race and a car show. Visit the city website for more information.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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WEST POINT, MISSISSIPPI

WEST POINT, 41 m. (241 alt., 4,677 pop.), a roomy, prosperous town fed by the farms and dairies of the surrounding flat lands, epitomizes the prairie. … Though a battleground during the War between the States, the town, that once had moved itself from the extreme corner of the county to be on the new railroad, was considered so attractive by a number of Federal officers that they came back after the war and settled here permanently. 

Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Every Labor Day Weekend, in the town of West Point, Mississippi there are two events held. On Friday night is the Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival, followed by the Prairie Arts Festival on Saturday. Both events help celebrate the art and culture of the area, which is deep and rich like the soil that built many of the towns. Many industries have come and gone in West Point, from sawmills to a meat processing plant and town residents have had to deal with the impacts of economic factors outside of the region. Through it all, West Point has maintained its identity and embraced the things that make it great. Each year both festivals increase in size and notoriety, showcasing the diversity that makes Mississippi increasingly important in our country.

Guide notes: 

  • Blues legend Howlin’ Wolf was born just north of West Point and the city instituted the blues festival in his honor in 1995. For more information, visit West Point’s website.
  • The Prairie Arts Festival is held annually on the Saturday before Labor Day. It features arts and crafts, Mississippi cooking, a 5k race and a car show. Visit the city website for more information.

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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on Tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.

MISSISSIPPI PAST AND PRESENT - WHAT IS MISSISSIPPI?

WERE a person to ask, “What is Mississippi?” he undoubtedly would be told, “It is a farming State where nearly everyone who may vote votes the Democratic ticket,” or “It is a place where half the population is Negro and the remainder is Anglo-Saxon,” or, more vaguely, “That is where everybody grows cotton on land which only a few of them own.”
— Mississippi: A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

When you meet someone new in Mississippi, you are asked three things: Where are you from? Who are your parents? And where do you go to church? The order changes depending on where you are in the state, and younger generations may substitute one or more questions depending on the first question. To pretend that many of the divisions presented in the 1938 WPA guide book have disappeared with time would be a fallacy. To be fair some of them have, but new ones have been created to fill the void by many that can’t let go of the old ways. To write off the whole state because of the past and those that haven’t progressed would be a disservice to those who fought to change things and to those who choose not to follow in the missteps, hatred and ignorance that came before. 
Many of the places of interest in the original guide book are gone, like the Columbus Marble Plant (pictured second from the top), touted as “the largest plant of its kind in the South,” or even the bridge over the Tombigbee River (pictured third) that has been left in place, but has been bypassed by a bridge of a newer design (the old bridge is being reworked as a pedestrian path across the river). Cotton has been replaced by soybeans, the timber that was said to have been over cut has recovered, and farming of catfish has replaced commercial fishing of the species.
Depending on the town you’re in, you can see a roller derby bout, buy beer on Sunday, and meet people that respect you for being you, no matter where you’re from, who your parents are, or if you go to church.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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MISSISSIPPI PAST AND PRESENT - WHAT IS MISSISSIPPI?

WERE a person to ask, “What is Mississippi?” he undoubtedly would be told, “It is a farming State where nearly everyone who may vote votes the Democratic ticket,” or “It is a place where half the population is Negro and the remainder is Anglo-Saxon,” or, more vaguely, “That is where everybody grows cotton on land which only a few of them own.”
— Mississippi: A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

When you meet someone new in Mississippi, you are asked three things: Where are you from? Who are your parents? And where do you go to church? The order changes depending on where you are in the state, and younger generations may substitute one or more questions depending on the first question. To pretend that many of the divisions presented in the 1938 WPA guide book have disappeared with time would be a fallacy. To be fair some of them have, but new ones have been created to fill the void by many that can’t let go of the old ways. To write off the whole state because of the past and those that haven’t progressed would be a disservice to those who fought to change things and to those who choose not to follow in the missteps, hatred and ignorance that came before. 
Many of the places of interest in the original guide book are gone, like the Columbus Marble Plant (pictured second from the top), touted as “the largest plant of its kind in the South,” or even the bridge over the Tombigbee River (pictured third) that has been left in place, but has been bypassed by a bridge of a newer design (the old bridge is being reworked as a pedestrian path across the river). Cotton has been replaced by soybeans, the timber that was said to have been over cut has recovered, and farming of catfish has replaced commercial fishing of the species.
Depending on the town you’re in, you can see a roller derby bout, buy beer on Sunday, and meet people that respect you for being you, no matter where you’re from, who your parents are, or if you go to church.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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MISSISSIPPI PAST AND PRESENT - WHAT IS MISSISSIPPI?

WERE a person to ask, “What is Mississippi?” he undoubtedly would be told, “It is a farming State where nearly everyone who may vote votes the Democratic ticket,” or “It is a place where half the population is Negro and the remainder is Anglo-Saxon,” or, more vaguely, “That is where everybody grows cotton on land which only a few of them own.”
— Mississippi: A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

When you meet someone new in Mississippi, you are asked three things: Where are you from? Who are your parents? And where do you go to church? The order changes depending on where you are in the state, and younger generations may substitute one or more questions depending on the first question. To pretend that many of the divisions presented in the 1938 WPA guide book have disappeared with time would be a fallacy. To be fair some of them have, but new ones have been created to fill the void by many that can’t let go of the old ways. To write off the whole state because of the past and those that haven’t progressed would be a disservice to those who fought to change things and to those who choose not to follow in the missteps, hatred and ignorance that came before. 
Many of the places of interest in the original guide book are gone, like the Columbus Marble Plant (pictured second from the top), touted as “the largest plant of its kind in the South,” or even the bridge over the Tombigbee River (pictured third) that has been left in place, but has been bypassed by a bridge of a newer design (the old bridge is being reworked as a pedestrian path across the river). Cotton has been replaced by soybeans, the timber that was said to have been over cut has recovered, and farming of catfish has replaced commercial fishing of the species.
Depending on the town you’re in, you can see a roller derby bout, buy beer on Sunday, and meet people that respect you for being you, no matter where you’re from, who your parents are, or if you go to church.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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MISSISSIPPI PAST AND PRESENT - WHAT IS MISSISSIPPI?

WERE a person to ask, “What is Mississippi?” he undoubtedly would be told, “It is a farming State where nearly everyone who may vote votes the Democratic ticket,” or “It is a place where half the population is Negro and the remainder is Anglo-Saxon,” or, more vaguely, “That is where everybody grows cotton on land which only a few of them own.”
— Mississippi: A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

When you meet someone new in Mississippi, you are asked three things: Where are you from? Who are your parents? And where do you go to church? The order changes depending on where you are in the state, and younger generations may substitute one or more questions depending on the first question. To pretend that many of the divisions presented in the 1938 WPA guide book have disappeared with time would be a fallacy. To be fair some of them have, but new ones have been created to fill the void by many that can’t let go of the old ways. To write off the whole state because of the past and those that haven’t progressed would be a disservice to those who fought to change things and to those who choose not to follow in the missteps, hatred and ignorance that came before. 
Many of the places of interest in the original guide book are gone, like the Columbus Marble Plant (pictured second from the top), touted as “the largest plant of its kind in the South,” or even the bridge over the Tombigbee River (pictured third) that has been left in place, but has been bypassed by a bridge of a newer design (the old bridge is being reworked as a pedestrian path across the river). Cotton has been replaced by soybeans, the timber that was said to have been over cut has recovered, and farming of catfish has replaced commercial fishing of the species.
Depending on the town you’re in, you can see a roller derby bout, buy beer on Sunday, and meet people that respect you for being you, no matter where you’re from, who your parents are, or if you go to church.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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MISSISSIPPI PAST AND PRESENT - WHAT IS MISSISSIPPI?

WERE a person to ask, “What is Mississippi?” he undoubtedly would be told, “It is a farming State where nearly everyone who may vote votes the Democratic ticket,” or “It is a place where half the population is Negro and the remainder is Anglo-Saxon,” or, more vaguely, “That is where everybody grows cotton on land which only a few of them own.”

— Mississippi: A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

When you meet someone new in Mississippi, you are asked three things: Where are you from? Who are your parents? And where do you go to church? The order changes depending on where you are in the state, and younger generations may substitute one or more questions depending on the first question. To pretend that many of the divisions presented in the 1938 WPA guide book have disappeared with time would be a fallacy. To be fair some of them have, but new ones have been created to fill the void by many that can’t let go of the old ways. To write off the whole state because of the past and those that haven’t progressed would be a disservice to those who fought to change things and to those who choose not to follow in the missteps, hatred and ignorance that came before.

Many of the places of interest in the original guide book are gone, like the Columbus Marble Plant (pictured second from the top), touted as “the largest plant of its kind in the South,” or even the bridge over the Tombigbee River (pictured third) that has been left in place, but has been bypassed by a bridge of a newer design (the old bridge is being reworked as a pedestrian path across the river). Cotton has been replaced by soybeans, the timber that was said to have been over cut has recovered, and farming of catfish has replaced commercial fishing of the species.

Depending on the town you’re in, you can see a roller derby bout, buy beer on Sunday, and meet people that respect you for being you, no matter where you’re from, who your parents are, or if you go to church.

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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.

BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI

BROOKHAVEN, has practically outlived its antebellum character and with its dairying interests has become a lively modern town. Until 1851, when it was the first northern terminus of the New Orleans & Great Southern R.R., Brookhaven was little more than a straggling group of plantations centered about the crossroads store of Samuel Jayne, who had settled here in 1818. With the advent of the railroad, it slowly took shape as a village of wealthy merchants who ensconced their families in great white-columned homes to live leisurely but formal social lives. Until 1907 it was a place where ladies never made calls without hats and gloves, where the blinds were drawn for afternoon siestas, where streets were unpaved and shadowy with the arching branches of live oak trees, and where the daily arrival of the train and the mail were events to be anticipated. In that year, however, Brookhaven broke with its staid past to pioneer in a new activity in the State. The creamery established here was the first in Mississippi. Today the town is the hub of southern Mississippi’s dairying country, supplying a great part of the milk products shipped to New Orleans. It has a well-knit business section and asphalt-paved streets; and sons and daughters have left outmoded rambling Colonial-style homes to follow every architectural fad in house building. Only burgeoning oaks and here and there a landmark are left as relics of the former easy village life.
— Mississippi, A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938) 

Brookhaven, Mississippi (pop. 12,520)—a town that keeps changing. 
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI

BROOKHAVEN, has practically outlived its antebellum character and with its dairying interests has become a lively modern town. Until 1851, when it was the first northern terminus of the New Orleans & Great Southern R.R., Brookhaven was little more than a straggling group of plantations centered about the crossroads store of Samuel Jayne, who had settled here in 1818. With the advent of the railroad, it slowly took shape as a village of wealthy merchants who ensconced their families in great white-columned homes to live leisurely but formal social lives. Until 1907 it was a place where ladies never made calls without hats and gloves, where the blinds were drawn for afternoon siestas, where streets were unpaved and shadowy with the arching branches of live oak trees, and where the daily arrival of the train and the mail were events to be anticipated. In that year, however, Brookhaven broke with its staid past to pioneer in a new activity in the State. The creamery established here was the first in Mississippi. Today the town is the hub of southern Mississippi’s dairying country, supplying a great part of the milk products shipped to New Orleans. It has a well-knit business section and asphalt-paved streets; and sons and daughters have left outmoded rambling Colonial-style homes to follow every architectural fad in house building. Only burgeoning oaks and here and there a landmark are left as relics of the former easy village life.
— Mississippi, A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938) 

Brookhaven, Mississippi (pop. 12,520)—a town that keeps changing. 
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI

BROOKHAVEN, has practically outlived its antebellum character and with its dairying interests has become a lively modern town. Until 1851, when it was the first northern terminus of the New Orleans & Great Southern R.R., Brookhaven was little more than a straggling group of plantations centered about the crossroads store of Samuel Jayne, who had settled here in 1818. With the advent of the railroad, it slowly took shape as a village of wealthy merchants who ensconced their families in great white-columned homes to live leisurely but formal social lives. Until 1907 it was a place where ladies never made calls without hats and gloves, where the blinds were drawn for afternoon siestas, where streets were unpaved and shadowy with the arching branches of live oak trees, and where the daily arrival of the train and the mail were events to be anticipated. In that year, however, Brookhaven broke with its staid past to pioneer in a new activity in the State. The creamery established here was the first in Mississippi. Today the town is the hub of southern Mississippi’s dairying country, supplying a great part of the milk products shipped to New Orleans. It has a well-knit business section and asphalt-paved streets; and sons and daughters have left outmoded rambling Colonial-style homes to follow every architectural fad in house building. Only burgeoning oaks and here and there a landmark are left as relics of the former easy village life.
— Mississippi, A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938) 

Brookhaven, Mississippi (pop. 12,520)—a town that keeps changing. 
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI

BROOKHAVEN, has practically outlived its antebellum character and with its dairying interests has become a lively modern town. Until 1851, when it was the first northern terminus of the New Orleans & Great Southern R.R., Brookhaven was little more than a straggling group of plantations centered about the crossroads store of Samuel Jayne, who had settled here in 1818. With the advent of the railroad, it slowly took shape as a village of wealthy merchants who ensconced their families in great white-columned homes to live leisurely but formal social lives. Until 1907 it was a place where ladies never made calls without hats and gloves, where the blinds were drawn for afternoon siestas, where streets were unpaved and shadowy with the arching branches of live oak trees, and where the daily arrival of the train and the mail were events to be anticipated. In that year, however, Brookhaven broke with its staid past to pioneer in a new activity in the State. The creamery established here was the first in Mississippi. Today the town is the hub of southern Mississippi’s dairying country, supplying a great part of the milk products shipped to New Orleans. It has a well-knit business section and asphalt-paved streets; and sons and daughters have left outmoded rambling Colonial-style homes to follow every architectural fad in house building. Only burgeoning oaks and here and there a landmark are left as relics of the former easy village life.
— Mississippi, A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938) 

Brookhaven, Mississippi (pop. 12,520)—a town that keeps changing. 
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI

BROOKHAVEN, has practically outlived its antebellum character and with its dairying interests has become a lively modern town. Until 1851, when it was the first northern terminus of the New Orleans & Great Southern R.R., Brookhaven was little more than a straggling group of plantations centered about the crossroads store of Samuel Jayne, who had settled here in 1818. With the advent of the railroad, it slowly took shape as a village of wealthy merchants who ensconced their families in great white-columned homes to live leisurely but formal social lives. Until 1907 it was a place where ladies never made calls without hats and gloves, where the blinds were drawn for afternoon siestas, where streets were unpaved and shadowy with the arching branches of live oak trees, and where the daily arrival of the train and the mail were events to be anticipated. In that year, however, Brookhaven broke with its staid past to pioneer in a new activity in the State. The creamery established here was the first in Mississippi. Today the town is the hub of southern Mississippi’s dairying country, supplying a great part of the milk products shipped to New Orleans. It has a well-knit business section and asphalt-paved streets; and sons and daughters have left outmoded rambling Colonial-style homes to follow every architectural fad in house building. Only burgeoning oaks and here and there a landmark are left as relics of the former easy village life.
— Mississippi, A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938) 

Brookhaven, Mississippi (pop. 12,520)—a town that keeps changing. 
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI

BROOKHAVEN, has practically outlived its antebellum character and with its dairying interests has become a lively modern town. Until 1851, when it was the first northern terminus of the New Orleans & Great Southern R.R., Brookhaven was little more than a straggling group of plantations centered about the crossroads store of Samuel Jayne, who had settled here in 1818. With the advent of the railroad, it slowly took shape as a village of wealthy merchants who ensconced their families in great white-columned homes to live leisurely but formal social lives. Until 1907 it was a place where ladies never made calls without hats and gloves, where the blinds were drawn for afternoon siestas, where streets were unpaved and shadowy with the arching branches of live oak trees, and where the daily arrival of the train and the mail were events to be anticipated. In that year, however, Brookhaven broke with its staid past to pioneer in a new activity in the State. The creamery established here was the first in Mississippi. Today the town is the hub of southern Mississippi’s dairying country, supplying a great part of the milk products shipped to New Orleans. It has a well-knit business section and asphalt-paved streets; and sons and daughters have left outmoded rambling Colonial-style homes to follow every architectural fad in house building. Only burgeoning oaks and here and there a landmark are left as relics of the former easy village life.
— Mississippi, A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938) 

Brookhaven, Mississippi (pop. 12,520)—a town that keeps changing. 
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI

BROOKHAVEN, has practically outlived its antebellum character and with its dairying interests has become a lively modern town. Until 1851, when it was the first northern terminus of the New Orleans & Great Southern R.R., Brookhaven was little more than a straggling group of plantations centered about the crossroads store of Samuel Jayne, who had settled here in 1818. With the advent of the railroad, it slowly took shape as a village of wealthy merchants who ensconced their families in great white-columned homes to live leisurely but formal social lives. Until 1907 it was a place where ladies never made calls without hats and gloves, where the blinds were drawn for afternoon siestas, where streets were unpaved and shadowy with the arching branches of live oak trees, and where the daily arrival of the train and the mail were events to be anticipated. In that year, however, Brookhaven broke with its staid past to pioneer in a new activity in the State. The creamery established here was the first in Mississippi. Today the town is the hub of southern Mississippi’s dairying country, supplying a great part of the milk products shipped to New Orleans. It has a well-knit business section and asphalt-paved streets; and sons and daughters have left outmoded rambling Colonial-style homes to follow every architectural fad in house building. Only burgeoning oaks and here and there a landmark are left as relics of the former easy village life.

Mississippi, A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938) 

Brookhaven, Mississippi (pop. 12,520)—a town that keeps changing. 

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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.

THE RUINS OF WINDSOR - NEAR PORT GIBSON, MISSISSIPPI

The amazing RUINS OF WINDSOR loom up at 10.3 m. (L). Twenty-two gigantic stone Corinthian columns remain as testimony to what was perhaps the supreme gesture of the grand manner of ante-bellum Greek Revival architecture. These columns, joined by Italian wrought-iron railings which were once at the upper gallery level, form a perfect outline of the house, which was rectangular in shape with a narrow ell, the service wing, at the rear. Windsor was built by S. C. Daniel, a wealthy planter who had holdings in the vicinity and across the river in Louisiana. When completed in 1861, it was considered the handsomest home in Mississippi. It had five stories topped by an observatory. The furnishings were imported and the library housed rare old books. Rich tapestries and velvet draperies adorned it. During the War between the States for a short period the Confederates used its lofty tower, which commanded a view of the Mississippi River, as an observation point; then the Federals used it as a hospital. Mark Twain, when a pilot on Mississippi steamboats, used to chart his course at this point by the peak of the tower. In 1890 Windsor was destroyed by fire. Except for a few pieces of jewelry nothing was saved.
— Mississippi, A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Guide Note: The site was donated to the state of Mississippi in 1974.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi, where he’s a Professor/Extension Specialist. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. His career path has landed him in some pretty remote places, but has also allowed him to meet some amazing people and see some astonishing things. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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THE RUINS OF WINDSOR - NEAR PORT GIBSON, MISSISSIPPI

The amazing RUINS OF WINDSOR loom up at 10.3 m. (L). Twenty-two gigantic stone Corinthian columns remain as testimony to what was perhaps the supreme gesture of the grand manner of ante-bellum Greek Revival architecture. These columns, joined by Italian wrought-iron railings which were once at the upper gallery level, form a perfect outline of the house, which was rectangular in shape with a narrow ell, the service wing, at the rear. Windsor was built by S. C. Daniel, a wealthy planter who had holdings in the vicinity and across the river in Louisiana. When completed in 1861, it was considered the handsomest home in Mississippi. It had five stories topped by an observatory. The furnishings were imported and the library housed rare old books. Rich tapestries and velvet draperies adorned it. During the War between the States for a short period the Confederates used its lofty tower, which commanded a view of the Mississippi River, as an observation point; then the Federals used it as a hospital. Mark Twain, when a pilot on Mississippi steamboats, used to chart his course at this point by the peak of the tower. In 1890 Windsor was destroyed by fire. Except for a few pieces of jewelry nothing was saved.
— Mississippi, A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Guide Note: The site was donated to the state of Mississippi in 1974.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi, where he’s a Professor/Extension Specialist. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. His career path has landed him in some pretty remote places, but has also allowed him to meet some amazing people and see some astonishing things. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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THE RUINS OF WINDSOR - NEAR PORT GIBSON, MISSISSIPPI

The amazing RUINS OF WINDSOR loom up at 10.3 m. (L). Twenty-two gigantic stone Corinthian columns remain as testimony to what was perhaps the supreme gesture of the grand manner of ante-bellum Greek Revival architecture. These columns, joined by Italian wrought-iron railings which were once at the upper gallery level, form a perfect outline of the house, which was rectangular in shape with a narrow ell, the service wing, at the rear. Windsor was built by S. C. Daniel, a wealthy planter who had holdings in the vicinity and across the river in Louisiana. When completed in 1861, it was considered the handsomest home in Mississippi. It had five stories topped by an observatory. The furnishings were imported and the library housed rare old books. Rich tapestries and velvet draperies adorned it. During the War between the States for a short period the Confederates used its lofty tower, which commanded a view of the Mississippi River, as an observation point; then the Federals used it as a hospital. Mark Twain, when a pilot on Mississippi steamboats, used to chart his course at this point by the peak of the tower. In 1890 Windsor was destroyed by fire. Except for a few pieces of jewelry nothing was saved.
— Mississippi, A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Guide Note: The site was donated to the state of Mississippi in 1974.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi, where he’s a Professor/Extension Specialist. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. His career path has landed him in some pretty remote places, but has also allowed him to meet some amazing people and see some astonishing things. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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THE RUINS OF WINDSOR - NEAR PORT GIBSON, MISSISSIPPI

The amazing RUINS OF WINDSOR loom up at 10.3 m. (L). Twenty-two gigantic stone Corinthian columns remain as testimony to what was perhaps the supreme gesture of the grand manner of ante-bellum Greek Revival architecture. These columns, joined by Italian wrought-iron railings which were once at the upper gallery level, form a perfect outline of the house, which was rectangular in shape with a narrow ell, the service wing, at the rear. Windsor was built by S. C. Daniel, a wealthy planter who had holdings in the vicinity and across the river in Louisiana. When completed in 1861, it was considered the handsomest home in Mississippi. It had five stories topped by an observatory. The furnishings were imported and the library housed rare old books. Rich tapestries and velvet draperies adorned it. During the War between the States for a short period the Confederates used its lofty tower, which commanded a view of the Mississippi River, as an observation point; then the Federals used it as a hospital. Mark Twain, when a pilot on Mississippi steamboats, used to chart his course at this point by the peak of the tower. In 1890 Windsor was destroyed by fire. Except for a few pieces of jewelry nothing was saved.
— Mississippi, A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Guide Note: The site was donated to the state of Mississippi in 1974.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi, where he’s a Professor/Extension Specialist. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. His career path has landed him in some pretty remote places, but has also allowed him to meet some amazing people and see some astonishing things. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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THE RUINS OF WINDSOR - NEAR PORT GIBSON, MISSISSIPPI

The amazing RUINS OF WINDSOR loom up at 10.3 m. (L). Twenty-two gigantic stone Corinthian columns remain as testimony to what was perhaps the supreme gesture of the grand manner of ante-bellum Greek Revival architecture. These columns, joined by Italian wrought-iron railings which were once at the upper gallery level, form a perfect outline of the house, which was rectangular in shape with a narrow ell, the service wing, at the rear. Windsor was built by S. C. Daniel, a wealthy planter who had holdings in the vicinity and across the river in Louisiana. When completed in 1861, it was considered the handsomest home in Mississippi. It had five stories topped by an observatory. The furnishings were imported and the library housed rare old books. Rich tapestries and velvet draperies adorned it. During the War between the States for a short period the Confederates used its lofty tower, which commanded a view of the Mississippi River, as an observation point; then the Federals used it as a hospital. Mark Twain, when a pilot on Mississippi steamboats, used to chart his course at this point by the peak of the tower. In 1890 Windsor was destroyed by fire. Except for a few pieces of jewelry nothing was saved.
— Mississippi, A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Guide Note: The site was donated to the state of Mississippi in 1974.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi, where he’s a Professor/Extension Specialist. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. His career path has landed him in some pretty remote places, but has also allowed him to meet some amazing people and see some astonishing things. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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THE RUINS OF WINDSOR - NEAR PORT GIBSON, MISSISSIPPI

The amazing RUINS OF WINDSOR loom up at 10.3 m. (L). Twenty-two gigantic stone Corinthian columns remain as testimony to what was perhaps the supreme gesture of the grand manner of ante-bellum Greek Revival architecture. These columns, joined by Italian wrought-iron railings which were once at the upper gallery level, form a perfect outline of the house, which was rectangular in shape with a narrow ell, the service wing, at the rear. Windsor was built by S. C. Daniel, a wealthy planter who had holdings in the vicinity and across the river in Louisiana. When completed in 1861, it was considered the handsomest home in Mississippi. It had five stories topped by an observatory. The furnishings were imported and the library housed rare old books. Rich tapestries and velvet draperies adorned it. During the War between the States for a short period the Confederates used its lofty tower, which commanded a view of the Mississippi River, as an observation point; then the Federals used it as a hospital. Mark Twain, when a pilot on Mississippi steamboats, used to chart his course at this point by the peak of the tower. In 1890 Windsor was destroyed by fire. Except for a few pieces of jewelry nothing was saved.
— Mississippi, A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Guide Note: The site was donated to the state of Mississippi in 1974.
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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi, where he’s a Professor/Extension Specialist. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. His career path has landed him in some pretty remote places, but has also allowed him to meet some amazing people and see some astonishing things. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.
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THE RUINS OF WINDSOR - NEAR PORT GIBSON, MISSISSIPPI

The amazing RUINS OF WINDSOR loom up at 10.3 m. (L). Twenty-two gigantic stone Corinthian columns remain as testimony to what was perhaps the supreme gesture of the grand manner of ante-bellum Greek Revival architecture. These columns, joined by Italian wrought-iron railings which were once at the upper gallery level, form a perfect outline of the house, which was rectangular in shape with a narrow ell, the service wing, at the rear. Windsor was built by S. C. Daniel, a wealthy planter who had holdings in the vicinity and across the river in Louisiana. When completed in 1861, it was considered the handsomest home in Mississippi. It had five stories topped by an observatory. The furnishings were imported and the library housed rare old books. Rich tapestries and velvet draperies adorned it. During the War between the States for a short period the Confederates used its lofty tower, which commanded a view of the Mississippi River, as an observation point; then the Federals used it as a hospital. Mark Twain, when a pilot on Mississippi steamboats, used to chart his course at this point by the peak of the tower. In 1890 Windsor was destroyed by fire. Except for a few pieces of jewelry nothing was saved.

Mississippi, A Guide to the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Guide Note: The site was donated to the state of Mississippi in 1974.

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David Jones is a State Guide to Mississippi, where he’s a Professor/Extension Specialist. While going to school, he lived in five of the Southern states, from Virginia to Texas. His career path has landed him in some pretty remote places, but has also allowed him to meet some amazing people and see some astonishing things. Currently he can be found traveling the highways and back roads of Mississippi, helping people out when he can and exploring the hidden treasures of the state. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.

VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI



The bluffs over which Vicksburg is spread are formed in part of a peculiar loess formation, a brown dust, or more accurately, a rock flour, blown eons ago from the Mississippi basin. The loess, caked 20 to 40 feet thick on all elevations and covered with jungle-like vegetation, often rises in sheer precipices. This makes a wild, rugged contour that has the appearance of distant castles, and gives to Vicksburg the air of a city in perpetual siege. This is not inappropriate, however, for by a siege Vicksburg is best known…

— Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)
Vicksburg, Mississippi is a river town. It was built around the river and has long been an important point of commerce.  As such, it was a critical area to control during the U.S. Civil War, and the impetus for the Siege of Vicksburg — what may be considered the turning point in favor of the North.  The forested hills of the city, along with the grounds of Vicksburg National Military Park still conceal the trenches, bunkers, and berms used both to defend and eventually capture the city. 
The river, while vital to the economy, can also have devastating effects. In the Great Flood of 1927 — one of the most destructive river floods in U.S. history — refugees from the Mississippi Delta region fled to the hills of Vicksburg.  Today, an improved levee system, including floodwalls, protects the city from rising waters, and marks the height of water from the past, showing both where Vicksburg has been and where it is going.
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David Jones lives in the great state of Mississippi. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.


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VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI

The bluffs over which Vicksburg is spread are formed in part of a peculiar loess formation, a brown dust, or more accurately, a rock flour, blown eons ago from the Mississippi basin. The loess, caked 20 to 40 feet thick on all elevations and covered with jungle-like vegetation, often rises in sheer precipices. This makes a wild, rugged contour that has the appearance of distant castles, and gives to Vicksburg the air of a city in perpetual siege. This is not inappropriate, however, for by a siege Vicksburg is best known…

— Mississippi, A Guide To the Magnolia State (WPA, 1938)

Vicksburg, Mississippi is a river town. It was built around the river and has long been an important point of commerce.  As such, it was a critical area to control during the U.S. Civil War, and the impetus for the Siege of Vicksburg — what may be considered the turning point in favor of the North.  The forested hills of the city, along with the grounds of Vicksburg National Military Park still conceal the trenches, bunkers, and berms used both to defend and eventually capture the city. 

The river, while vital to the economy, can also have devastating effects. In the Great Flood of 1927 — one of the most destructive river floods in U.S. history — refugees from the Mississippi Delta region fled to the hills of Vicksburg.  Today, an improved levee system, including floodwalls, protects the city from rising waters, and marks the height of water from the past, showing both where Vicksburg has been and where it is going.

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David Jones lives in the great state of Mississippi. You can find him on tumblr at woodprof.tumblr.com.

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