It may seem impossible to believe today, but in the early days of automobile tourist travel, Jackon’s leaders (or some unnamed civic group, perhaps an automobile club) decided it would be a great idea to build a rustic cabin on West Capitol Street at the edge of Livingston Park and furnish it with stoves and bathrooms for up to eight families to stay overnight for free. We know this thanks to this photo and accompanying text in the very helpful booklet Jackson, Metropolis of Mississippi, published c.1924 by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce. Unfortunately, we don’t have an exact location of the tourist camp except for “southeastern corner of Livingston Park” because our Sanborn men didn’t record the structures at Livingston Park.
Does anyone know what happened to the building? I feel sure that it wasn’t in use for much more than a decade, with commercial automobile hotels like the Alamo and others opening in the 1930s and 1940s and offering better accomodations with more privacy and security. Anybody know of similar buildings anywhere else in the state?