I wish I'd come while the foliage was gone. History goes
back into hiding as the leaves appear.
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Back to the ride:
Up the gut, between US 51 and La.27/Miss.25, the altitude
rises. US 51 rides in the Tangipahoa River valley and 27/25
rides, somewhat, in the Bogue Chitto R. valley. (both spellings
might be wrong) The important point is that what you see
below is in quantity between the two valleys. At times I was riding above 400 feet, near nose bleed altitude for this lowlander.
My first major historical stop was at Sunny Hill Church.
From an expert I found out that the old building next to
it was not a hotel, which I had guessed, but a school. I may
republish that ride later now that Mississippi has again
Sand and gravel operations are everywhere.
I was on a back-roading roll.
Then, as soon as it had turned to gravel, it went back to blacktop again.
The sun was not sufficient to highlight the azaleas.
They were everywhere.
Then I decided to turn east and go to Red Bluff and follow
the railroad south, but, I'd hang with going north for a while.
Or over the next hill.
There ya go, Barto to Leggett. I may have been to Barto, but I'm not too familiar with Leggett.
Another location locator. Or a chance to find it on your gps. A better bet would be a church locator. "Pink Hill" ought not be too hard to find.
There are definite landmarks I use in exploring MS.
Four lane US 98 is one. When you pop out of the dark woods on a dirt road and this wide swath of a 4 lane highway is before you, you know you've reached a certain latitude. MS 48 is also good landmark, though you have to be more careful about noticing it.
Being north of 98 gave me a chance to visit Homesville once
again. The cemetery there contains the remains of a
Revolutionary War soldier. Long story short, the soldiers
were sometimes paid with the spoils of war, one "spoil" was Tory land.
In this case, Tory land in Mississippi, thus, the patriots are buried
about the state.
The polling place in Homesville has been there a while. If I wasn't lazy I'd pull up the picture of the plaque. My guess, 1830's. OK, I tried by can't find the shot.
Now this would be an interesting ride if not that long.
The Holmesville village store. I forgot to take a shot of the door bread ad.
This house is older than it appears. (Holmesville)
That's General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Do not believe Wiki's
biased account of this great man which further downgrades
my assessment of that junk encyclopedia. Click Here for better.
Sanderson Farms' partners.
Archie, Peyton, Little Brother?
They are really good dogs.
Having moved in an easterly direction, I spied at what I was aiming.
I was-a grinning. I was below Morgantown on MS 587, above
Foxworth / Columbia, Marion County. Marion is another
gent you need to meet. Click Here He is the county's namesake.
A "whistle stop"?
The depot location in Morgantown.
Once the village store.
The rest of the article will be, you know, a lot of rails.
It was time to ride up to Red Bluff. I had visions of walking
down the bluff to the remains of the train wreck.
I was seeing logging ponds everywhere with rail access.
Up to the Bluff. Why? But I've seen Red Bluff, so I blew
off mingling with the multitudes. Click the shot below.
587 is an entertaining road.
Back down to Morgantown I found an unused city park.
It had amusements.
and photo opts.
climb up there. Using my "all four" tactics, I managed
From on top, I zoomed as far north toward Red Bluff as I could.
The rails evidently turn which prevented me from seeing any
wreckage. Virgil told me he thinks the trains run 2 times a week
on these old GMO tracks, now controlled by Canadian National.
I mozied south.
I would leave the highway when required to get a rail shot.
A young fella had his car across the tracks. He backed up
when he saw me. I told him I was a railroad photographer.
He answered, "Yes Sir", respectfully.