Once soaring symbols of the Industrial Revolution and material progress, smokestacks later became the poster kids of environmental degradation. Today, legions of artists, urban planners and preservationists are seeking to change those carbon chugging chimneys from sooty to beauty. (Smokin’ stacks: 10 ways to upcycle industrial chimneys)
While most of us would agree that the burning of waste, or fuel to provide power, has had its consequences, the vision of smokestacks rising above industrial sites and school incinerators and heating units has been a familiar site for many of us. They are still common in the rural areas across the US, in older structures. You can check out some of the smokestack art and imagery at the link to WebUrbanist.com.
Do you have a favorite Mississippi smokestack? I have always had a soft spot for smokestacks, especially the big ones that were part of the major industries, but the coolest one I may have ever seen is the Art Deco stack at the Ruston, Louisiana high school. It’s not in Mississippi, but in the vernacular of “neighbors” it is pretty close.