No, we won't be locating 120 markers. But we are having fun picking a few spots at random in our journey on Highway 61 along the mighty Mississippi. We're learning more about the people, their surroundings, their influences and the soul of the blues.
First stop – while in Natchez we located the blues trail marker for “Natchez Burning” commemorating the horrible disaster in the city's Rhythm Club where 200 people died. Spanish moss decorations caught fire that night in 1940 with 550 people listening happily to the music they loved. The metal structure of the exterior of the building kept the fire inside. New safety laws were enacted after the tragedy. And blues singer Howlin Wolf played his haunting song about this sad day.
Then we left Natchez, moving north on 61, stopping where we can pull over in Ferd. For instance, when we saw one of those familiar brown signs pointing us off our highway, we turned left at the tiny town of Boyle, MS, toward our next blues tale.
We all have heard many a lyric about the feelings that connected with the railroad in some way.
A little further up the highway we made our temporary home in Tunica, MS. We had a great location behind the Hollywood casino for our first two nights, boondocking next to an large open field lined with trees. We enjoyed watching the heard of deer grazing in the evenings. Then we moved across the road to the Sam's Town RV Park where we could use the laundry, get water, etc. It's been a pleasant home base and reasonable at $15.40 per night. There's lots to see from this point. We've had sunny days to explore the area and found several interesting sites to talk about. I'll share more later.
Meanwhile, if you are a blues fan who would like to read a little about this project, go to: