Today’s post is the ninth in our reprint of the 1941 publication Mississippi Tourist Guide, which focused on the many attractions along Mississippi’s newly paved highways. (Check out the Intro if you missed it.)
U.S Highway 82
The “Shortest All-Paved, All-Weather Route from New York to Los Angeles” begins its flow across the northern part of the state at the aristocratic town of Columbus. Coming out of the lower Tennessee hills, at Columbus U.S. 82 descends into the rich Black Pairie Belt. Further west, the highway passes through the flatwoods of shortleaf pines, crossing the Big Black swamp, and finally climbs into the scenically beautiful Bluff Hills. West of Carrollton the route drops abruptly down to the flat Delta country, where cotton culture rules supreme. At Greenville U.S. 82 leaves the great Delta and the state over the new $4,447,000 Greenville-Lake Village Bridge.
Starkville, 22 miles west of Columbus, is the pioneering center of dairying and cattle raising in the state. Here is located Mississippi State College, largest college in the state. At Mississippi State is the largest dormitory in the world under one roof.
Eupora, between Starkville and Winona, is a city of wide, shaded streets and flowering parks. Once notorious for its feuds, killings and fighting, today there is little evidence of this violent past.
At Kilmichael is the James W. Knox home, built in 1858 with slave labor.
Winona, the half-way point in the highway’s cross-state jaunt, is the center of a fertile farming district. Although most of the homes have been built in recent years, a number of quaint dwellings decorate the quiet streets. Here, U.S. 82 junctions with U.S. 51.
Carrollton, where the Bluff Hills shade off into the Delta, has retained much of the charm and atmosphere of an old ante-bellum town, though few material evidences of its pre-war days remain.
Between Carrollton and Greenwood is Malmaison, palatial old home of Greenwood Leflore, last of the Choctaw chiefs. A favorite sightseeing spot for tourists, it is opened for inspection.
Greenwood is the heart of the greatest long staple cotton growing area in the world.
Going deeper into the Delta, U.S. 82 passes through the typical cotton towns of Moorhead and Indianola.
At Leland U.S. 82 junctions with U.S. 61 (Old Man River Trail), which flows south to the historic towns of Vicksburg, Natchez, and Woodville.
Greenville, ten miles west of Leland, is the cotton planting, ginning, marketing and banking center of the Yazoo-Mississippi Valley area. Greenville has the cultural atmosphere of a river town born in the days of “King Cotton’s” glory. The Greenville dock with its bustling activity offers a perfect contrast to the quiet shaded streets with their aristocratic homes. The Percy home, now occupied by William Alexander Percy, the famous Southern poet and novelist, is an example of the good tast and culture of the progressive town. The Greenville Library, housing the Starling Collection, is one of the best in the state.
At Greenville U.S. 82 crosses the Mississippi over the Greenville-Lake Village Bridge, “The Most Beautiful Bridge on the Greatest River.”
More about Highway 82 and other Mississippi highways . . .