Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Foscue Creek COE, Demopolis Alabama

 After leaving Mississippi, we crossed over into Alabama on US 80. Foscue Creek is a Corp of Engineers Park. This is the best COE park we have stayed at. Plenty of space between large paved sites, full utility hookup, paved roads and water inlet from the Tombigbee River. A few sites are on the river edge where barge traffic is seen every day. The Lock and Dam is part of the COE property.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demopolis,_Alabama

We planned to stay eight days but cut it short after four days. On Sunday, we were going to drive to Selma, Alabama and the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge where Bloody Sunday occurred in 1965. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selma,_Alabama

The ice storm and very cold temperatures were forecast for Mississippi, about 60 miles west. We left on Sunday morning for a 400 mile drive back to Tennessee where the forecast was much better. It's cold here in Tennessee at 25 degrees, much better than 0 or lower in Mississippi. We will be in Tennessee through March, then head to Indiana for about three months. We plan on going west in June, barring any problems.



The campground was not empty at all at least until we left early.
The entire park was large and had many Cypress trees with the usual moss.



The Coast Guard has a station located in the inlet off of the Tombigbee river.


https://www.alabamascenicrivertrail.com/rivers/lower-tombigbee-river/



Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Natchez Mississippi

 We are now back in Alabama as of yesterday. We were in Natchez for eight days, staying at the Rivers View RV Park in Vidalia, Louisiana. The rv park is on the Mississippi River across from Natchez. We had a good view of the river and the many huge barges that travel the river day and night. The river at that point is about .6 miles wide. There was no flooding while we were there.

I was interested in Natchez due to a series of books I have been reading. The books are fiction mixed with many things that actually happened in the 1960's. The author Greg Iles lives in Natchez. As they say, the names have been changed to protect the innocent. There were plenty of not so innocent people in the area. The books loosely tell the stories of scandal's, civil rights and race issues of the 1960's. 

Here is a link to some of the stories, researched by Stanley Nelson, editor of the Vidalia newspaper. Vidalia is the town across from Natchez. The book referred to is one of the series by author Greg Iles.

Story behind the book Natchez Burning


Natchez was a major slave trading point.

This is where most the slave trading companies were located,
a junction where two major roads came together.
http://mshistorynow.mdathe-forks-of-the-road-slave-market-at-natchez

These leg and neck shackles are embedded in concrete at the
Forks of the Road. These were actually used on the slaves.


This is the national military cemetery.

The new section with military graves for those that served in war.

The City Cemetery is huge and quite old. If you look close you will see these headstones say Unknown Soldier. These were from the Civil War.
There are many more like this in the cemetery.

This is called the Turning Angel, mentioned several times in Greg Iles books.
http://www.natchez.ms.us/278/Turning-Angel

Family plots at the cemetery were fenced in with wrought iron.
Many of these are very old. Some are buried, some above ground.

The bridge over the Mississippi is about 1.2 miles end to end.

Lots of Crepe Myrtle trees allover Natchez. They bloom every spring. I know
Crepe Myrtles because I trimmed many of them while working at Two Rivers Landing RV Resort.

Many mansions in the area. Some were closed due to Covid-19. We did not take any tours. This one is part of the National Park Service, called the Melrose.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melrose_(Natchez,_Mississippi)

Cypress trees at the Melrose.

The book author's house.

The Rosalie, tours are available.

No river front would be without a casino. We did not give them any money.

This was the Jerry Lee Lewis museum in Ferriday, Louisiana. It was closed. 


Now here is a house with a history. This was a brothel until 1990.
Take a look at this link for the entire story.
Nellie Jackson Mississippi Madam


This street goes down to Natchez Under the Hill.
River boat casinos were docked here but no longer.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natchez_Bluffs_and_Under-the-Hill_Historic_District

This is a real restaurant south of Natchez. It still open for lunch,
closed when I took this photo.
https://www.mammyscupboard.com/


We took a city tour with Rev (masks on). He knows the history.


Standing where the river boat casinos once docked.
I had my glasses off because they fog up with the mask on.



Sunday, January 31, 2021

Vicksburg MS National Military Park

 We were in Red Bay Alabama in January for a few motorhome repairs. Our current location is Vicksburg Mississippi where a large Civil War battleground was preserved by the National Park Service. The visitor center was closed (Covid-19) but the park was open. We drove through the park on a fifteen mile paved road. There are many monuments and markers where major action took place. We have been to Gettysburg and this is similar but different. Vicksburg overlooked the Mississippi River and the battle was for final control of the river by the Union soldiers under General Ulysses Grant. The river has since bypassed the loop where the battle occurred, now called the Yazoo River. The Mississippi is still at Vicksburg, just shifted about two miles south. The river has changed course many times, the link below explains the changes.

Here are some links to Vicksburg history

https://www.battlefields.org 

https://www.history.com

https://www.youtube.com

River Course Changes




The Shirley House was there during the war.
https://www.nps.gov/vick/learn/historyculture/tour-stop-2-shirley-house.htm




Red markers were the Confederates, Blue markers were the Union.


This overlook shows the Yazoo River. In 1876, the Mississippi River changed its course, shifting west several miles and leaving Vicksburg without a river front. 
In 1902, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers diverted the Yazoo River into the old river bed, forming the Yazoo Diversion Canal.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yazoo_River

USS Cairo Ironclad, recovered from the river where is sank during the war.
It was recovered in 1965, 100 years after the war.
The museum was closed and I could not get closer than the fence.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Cairo

Parts of the main structure are intact. The "ironclad" covering can be seen in the front.
I believe you can walk on/over the boat when the museum is open.

The paddlewheel.













Friday, December 25, 2020

Christmas in Tennessee 2020

 Here we are still in Tennessee for Christmas. We will be going to Alabama the second week of January. We ended up with a white Christmas which has not happened here since 2010. There are a number of people here now and next week the park is full for New Years day. I think some cancelled this week due to weather. That's what we would do, no traveling in the snow. We decided not to travel back to Indiana due to virus concerns and advise from the various health experts. 

Merry Christmas to everyone.






At least 4 inches on top of the car



Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving in Tennessee 2020

 We left Rising Sun Indiana on November 18th and now we are at Two Rivers Landing RV Resort in Sevierville Tennessee. We are also working three half days to fill in for people that have not arrived for the winter months. We stay at no cost and we have the best site in the park. We will be here until January 11 then head south to Tiffin in Red Bay Alabama for a few service items. Then on to two Corp of Engineer parks at Montgomery and Demopolis Alabama. No exact plans from there. There are plenty of people here in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge with no obvious restrictions due to Covid-19. Many people are wearing face coverings but many are not. Restaurants seem to be open and crowded. We choose not to be with them. 




Our view out the side window at breakfast. Temperature in the 60's.
Some trees still have colorful leaves.

Our view of the French Broad River out the front window.

Sunsets change every evening.

Another sunset with somebody fishing next door to us.

Working on fall leaves. There are about 40 silver maple trees at the resort.

Work done for the day.

Mary working on Thanksgiving dinner for two.

Our 16 year old cat. She has kidney disease but still doing well.



Thanksgiving dinner in the motor home on our fine china.

A morning view of the river.
A few more nice days this weekend but turning cold next week.