Category Archives: Mississippi River Country

Inspired by Eudora Welty’s “Some Notes on River Country,” this is a series of images and stories from my travels near the Mississippi River.

Mississippi River Country / Holly Ridge, MS.

_____________________________________________________________________________________ There is a short detour through some cotton fields but once you see M&G Store, you’ll know that you’ve made it to Holly Ridge, Mississippi.  The cemetery is just south along the train tracks in front of the old gin.  Don’t mind the dogs, they don’t bite. ______________________________________ I met a man named Jackie…

Mississippi River Country / The Onward Store.

______________________________________________________________________ In 1902, President Roosevelt made a trip to Sharkey County, Mississippi to kill a bear.  What he left behind was a story for the history books and the birth of the “teddy bear.”  The old store in Onward is a treat.  The walls are chock full of history and the tables are full of…

Mississippi River Country / Mont Helena Plantation.

—————————————————————————————————– Corn.  Houses with porches.  Mailboxes shining silver in the weeds along the road. Happiness:  it is a thing to be lassoed, wrestled. No milksops or lightweights allowed. -Rick Bass, Oil Notes ——————————————————- If you ever find yourself in West Mississippi, stop at the old store in Onward here and have a plate of tamales….