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North America » United States » Mississippi » Tupelo September 30th 2019

ANOTHER SINGER There was another guy born in Mississippi who could sing a little. He became so immensely popular that he was known as the King of Rock and Roll. His name was Elvis Presley. Even some milennials may have heard of him. He died of self-indulgence on August 16, 1977. It was right around the time most of them were born. Elvis, himself, was born on January 8, 1935 over in Tupelo. He had a twin brother that was stillborn 35 minutes before he burst on to the scene. His dad, Vernon, built the little shotgun style house where he was born. Times, in those days, were hard everywhere. Vernon got along as best could by doing odd jobs around town. He mostly was desperate to keep his family fed. One day a guy paid ... read more

North America » United States » Mississippi September 28th 2019

MONEY There is a little place called Money, Mississippi in Carroll County. It is not very much of a place but it was where girl named Bobbie Gentry hailed from. Bobbie was gifted songwriter and she had a fine singing voice. One of the songs she wrote and sang is called Ode to Billie Joe: “It was the third of June, another sleepy dusty delta day, I was out chopping cotton and my brother was bailing hay. And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat, And mama hollered out the back door, y’all remember to wipe to your feet. And then she said I got some news this morning from Choctaw Ridge. Today Billie Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge.” The song maunders on ... read more
BILLIE JO - DON'T DO IT.
ROBERT JOHNSON
THE CRACK OF DOOM SOUNDED WHILE I WAS HERE.

North America » United States » Mississippi » Starkville September 21st 2019

I hadn’t planned on visiting Mississippi at all this year, much less paying a visit to the home of the Cowbell in college football. When this season started, I had already bought a ticket for the Alabama game for this weekend. It was cheap, and Alabama has been a perennial favorite to play for a national title. But when I was at West Virginia last week, Nick (the WVU fan we met sitting next to us at the game) scoffed when I told him the opponent: Southern Miss. My response at the time was to say something snarky about him paying for my ticket if he wants me to attend a quality game in Tuscaloosa. He had bragged about attending the Iron Bowl last year because his girlfriend is a student at Alabama. Still, his derogatory ... read more
Seriously I need an intervention
State is SERIOUS about their cowbells
A local specialty: tastes a lot like cherry swirl


I thought at first that the American Queen wasn’t an actual steamboat with a real paddle wheel as its only means of propulsion but it turns out I was wrong. It is all of those things. It is called a boat not a ship because it was built for the river with a flat bottom and very little freeboard. Built in 1995 it is 418’ long, 95’ wide, weighs 3500 tons which makes it the largest steamboat in the world. The interior design imitates the old 1930s boat Delta Queen with a Ladies Parlour (great for doing my blog as it is quiet and has a bay window looking out over the river) designed around an old fireplace. Opposite is a Gentleman’s Card Room full of stuffed animal heads. These lead into the Mark Twain Lounge, ... read more
An arty photo
One up, one down
Not much clearance

North America » United States » Mississippi » Vicksburg June 29th 2019

In 1863 Vicksburg was under siege for 47 days from the Union Army lead by General Grant. On July 4 the city finally surrendered marking a turning point in the Civil War. One of the reasons they didn’t have a hope was the fact that they were bombarded with cannons from gunboats on the river. These were incredible floating iron structures. The Cairowas sunk in 1863 by a mine remotely detonated by hand, and a hundred years later was raised. It is now on show at the Vicksburg National Military Park. Vicksburg is in a strategic position on the confluence of the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers. However it has lost this somewhat after the Mississippi changed course and cut it off. It has had its fair share of disasters with a major flood in 1927 and ... read more
The towboat bow a museum exhibit
Gunboats
The Cairo


First a correction: We had a tour of the Pilot House today and I find out that the boat does indeed have another method of propulsion other than the paddlewheel, having told you a couple of days ago that it doesn’t. There are two Z drives which look like propellers in casings which can be swivelled around to help steer the boat as well as propelling it forward. It also has bow thrusters. This all makes sense as we couldn’t figure out how it manoeuvred itself into dock. The tour was very interesting and I got to pull the whistle at the end! There are two pilots on board who actually sail the boat as well as a few mates who assist them and learn at the same time. One of the pilots is a woman. ... read more
The Pilot’s view
On a carousel
The original steam engine for the carousel

North America » United States » Mississippi » Clinton November 2nd 2017

blog 11-02-17 The East Side of the Mississippi UGH! Today we drove on I 20 through 3 states. Not exactly through them but we drove in 3 states today. Finally out of Texas we sailed through Louisiana and almost half way through Mississippi before we settled for the night in a fairly nice rv park in Clinton, MS. The only really bad part is that we are now on the wrong side of the Mississippi. : ( . We are getting tired of driving everyday so in Birmingham, AL we will spend 2 nights at one campground and visit a friend of Ginnie's for lunch one day then the rest of the time just chilling out. I can't say enough about the dogs and how good they have been. No matter what we throw at them ... read more
then Mississippi
the bridges spanning the Mississippi
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North America » United States » Mississippi » Indianola September 13th 2017

Den Morgen verbrachten wir noch in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the boyhood home of President Clinton, wie am Ortseingang steht. Seit Beginn des 19. Jahrhunderts sind die heißen Quellen bekannt. Heute gibt es 47 Quellen, die täglich 3.8 Mio Liter Wasser leifern mit einer Temperatur von 62 Grad. Die Geschichte des Ortes ist sehr unterhaltsam, so war das Arlington Hotel sehr beliebt bei Al Capone. Auch war hier eine Hochburg von illegalem Glücksspiel, erst 1967 griff man mit harter Hand durch. Bandenkriege forderten Todesopfer- schwer vorstellbar heute, wo HS ein schläfrige Ort ist. Nur die Art Deco Gebäude sind hinreißend, reichen aber offenbar nicht aus, um hier einen beliebten Badeort zu schaffen. Wir besichtigten ein Museum in einem ehemaligen Badehaus. Den Rest des Tages waren wir auf dem MR. Das Aufregendste war die Überquering des Mississippi. Der ... read more
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North America » United States » Mississippi August 18th 2017

Natchez - pronounced as in 'book of matches', is famed for its antebellum mansions, that is grand houses that pre-date the American Civil War. It is the oldest settlement on the Mississippi River, dating to a French settlement of 1716. There used to be a tribe of Native Americans, the Natchez Indians, who were by all accounts generally brutal. They snuck into the French fort and killed everyone except for a cooper and a tanner. In revenge the French wiped out ALL the Natchez, who are now an extinct tribe. It is the first deep water port north of New Orleans, and there was great trade along the route - cotton and lumber going south, luxury goods coming north - and this made Natchez very wealthy. Then in 1850 it became 'the wealthiest city in the ... read more
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North America » United States » Mississippi » Tupelo April 25th 2017

I probably started out the day with a bad attitude, and sure hope it didn’t show to my travelling girlies. We had such a long way to go today, and I was not looking forward to the drive at all. 250+ miles over hill and dale and ‘hood and vale. It took us pretty much 7 hours, with 2 lengthy stops. Some of the roads in MS are wonderful, and others just plain suck. The interstates suck, full of potholes and varying road surfaces. The State and County roads are mostly ok, but their speed limit can range from 45 to 65. I don’t do 65 at all; I would be airborne over the bumps. I was point person, Kim next, Ginnie tail gunner. I am very surprised how hilly central MS is. Beautiful rolling hills, ... read more
Can you see the marina thru the mist?
Johnnie's Drive In
We were in the Elvis booth!




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