by Johnny Stucco
to Tell Itta Bena from Nitta Yuma
Captions by Luke Warm
been called “The South’s South” and “Mississippi’s Mississippi.” It could also
have the slogan: “The Delta: It’s Not What You Think.” |
Please take a second
to ask yourself what you think the Mississippi Delta is.
It’s not that.
of all, the name itself is a misnomer. It’s not a Delta at all, but an alluvial
plain. Sandwiched between the Mississippi River and the more tranquil Yazoo, the
topsoil here is measured in fathoms not feet.
It has been said to begin
in the lobby of Memphis’ Peabody Hotel (watch out for the ducks) and end in Vicksburg.
As flat as the Texas Panhandle, the Delta is full of surprises (some of which
have teeth). Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is in the region’s history. Anyone
making the effort will be surprised at the strength, integrity and sensitivity
of the people who came from there. (The region has historically provided a strong
motivation to leave.)
The Delta is second only to New Orleans for being
rich in names. Samples will be found in the captions of the photos that follow.
The Delta is so lush that fence posts have been known to sprout. But that seldom
happens because the economy is fenceless. Cotton stays in its horizon-reaching
fields and catfish keep happily in their ponds.
the business districts of county seats are the opposite of bustling. It’s easy
to see the past here – especially the 40’s and 50s. If you want bustle, you’ll
need to go back to the highway where the chain restaurants will roughly push you
through their doors and back into the present. The Mom and Pop that used to run
the café downtown are sitting at the table beside you.
Here the introduction
ends and you are invited to drop in on the Delta the way we visited – unannounced.
of Yazoo City|
Inspirational Motivator Zig Ziglar was Motivated to Leave
To say nothing of the beautiful turquoise "Smoke-free Smokehouse"
the court records to the contrary,|
Clarkesville did not kill Vaudeville.
times there are not forgotten.”|
Bullet Hole in Confederate Statue
Masonic Lodge as Theater|
County Map on Defunct Business |
Old South Preserved|
taste as good as they look."
Main Street Can You Get? |
Lake Providence, Louisiana
Defunct Gas Station |
Look at Education and Are Not Pleased |
had heard it was there, but upon discovery they found themselves speechless.”
Vicksburg Mural of Teddy Roosevelt’s Bear Hunt
Southern Grill as Tyrone’s Sports Bar |
Over Roebuck Lake – Itta Bena|
Bridge over the Homochitto River|
Highway 61 looking Toward Chicago|
Limit with Insect Trap |
keep the light on for you.” |
King remembered on his "favorite corner."|