Three years ago, after a long day of bumping around Vicksburg looking at cool old stuff, I decided to take one of my favorite stretches of highway back to Jackson, Highway 80 between Vicksburg and Edwards. It was about this time of year, and I knew that the cotton would be high and the fields getting white to harvest. I’ve driven this stretch before but this time I had to do a U-turn to go back to an overgrown lot that held what was left of an Art Moderne commercial building. Upon closer inspection, I found that this must have been a restaurant that was affiliated with the long Ranch-like brick building to the west, which must have been a motel. I took a bunch of pictures, and enjoyed the beautiful fall sunlight, but I didn’t know anything about the place, and in the rush of life I forgot about it.
Fast forward to this summer when I was sneaking a peek at eBay’s postcards–a temptation I try hard to avoid but then occasionally fall way off the wagon and go on a spree–and I saw this card. I knew immediately it was that place that I last saw in 2011, but the card, although wrinkled and aged showed the Pinewood Motor Court in all its mid-century Modern glory.
Although the lot is overgrown and the remaining buildings are not in great shape–especially the restaurant–this complex is sturdily constructed and I think would make an interesting retro bed-and-breakfast on a highway that is now much quieter than it was before it was bypassed by Interstate 20. This Bing aerial shows that it backs up to a lake, and has an interesting art object across the road. It also shows that the right half of the motel has been demolished, which is why it took me a while when I first stopped to figure out that these buildings all went together. Not sure, but I also think I see a For Sale sign out front. Any takers?