On the Mississippi from Memphis toward New Orleans
Early October, 2015
1Our River Boat was the newly build, "American Eagle". It was a pseudo-paddle wheeler but actually actually diesel propeller powered.
2We spent a couple of days in Memphis. The Civil Rights Museum was the highlight along with great eating (ribs, etc.). Here we are, riding on a horse driven carriage.
3Elvis stuff everywhere.
4"Million Dollar Quartet" is a recording of an impromptu jam session involving Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash made on December 4, 1956, in the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Dianne joins them.
5Wednesday nights on Beale Street is special for the motorcycle crowd.
6Some of them have been parked too long.
7This WWII battleship was a museum on the shore of the Mississippi.
8On to the Capital, Baton Rouge. This view is from the top of the State Capital building.
9A legislative chamber in the Capital. The once govenor & assassinated Huey Long had built the showy Capital and a Govener's Mansion.
10Baton Rouge is located in CANCER ALLEY due to the many nearby oil refineries and chemical plants.
11Oil company treats next to the Govenor's Mansion.
12Yup, each booth had a huge pot of Gumbo as part of a contest.
13Next we headed south on the Mississippi with frequent stops. Oak Alley Plantation was one of a number we saw. Slaves built this one.
14Elegant furniture, mostly slave built, have been preserved in some museum-like old plantations.
15Household slaves used a hidden staircase.
16Plans for another pentagon shaped huge plantation that was never completed because of the American Civil War.
17Next are relics found on some of those plantations. Some raised cotton and some sugar cane. All depended on slaves. The economy collapsed after our Civil War with the passage of the 13th Constitutional Amendment.
21Many plantations had their own Doctor to care for the owner family and to keep slaves heathy enough to work.
23An old medical remedy.
24Oh, amputations for gangrene were frequent as there were no antibiotics in those days.
25One of the few remaining original slave cabins. This one was featured in the movie, "12 Years a Slave".
26Culture in Vicksburg. Classic music in a grand old historic home.
27Not every one is prosperous.
28Downtown Vicksburg was not thriving.
30Some weirdness in Vicksburg.
31Whatever you might need.
32This is even older history. This country existed for some 74 days but became part of America with the Louisana Purchase.
33Some triva: Pink flamingos were a symbol of that country.
34Beads were also a symbol and are used even today to represent an independent south.
35Dianne wishes you happy travels as as our Mississippi river cruise comes to an end. It's New Orleans next.