A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Birthplace of the Blues?

Cleveland, Mississippi

We were traveling on some little rural back road of Mississippi when all of a sudden there was this classic nonfunctional service station.

Around in back was the Dockery Farms plantation.

Then I saw this sign.  This is something I never gave much thought to until then.  What was really cool was below the sign was a button you could push.  I pushed it.  Original classic blues music taken from scratchy old 78 rpm records began to play from various speakers hidden around the grounds.

I didn't notice it while there, but did so while fixing up this post...it looks like that tree has fallen over against the building yet it is still alive.

This large diesel motor stood retired and quiet inside the gin mill.  
Look at those huge belts that drove all of the milling process equipment.

I could just imagine a beautiful southern style plantation mansion must have stood at the end of this road. But a shut gate means something so I stayed out.

This is one of the reasons I fell in love with the South; it was all so green and lush, wonderfully quiet save for the sounds of the Blues still playing on as we drove away.


  1. I've just been catching up with some of my favourite blogs with my varied music collection playing on the 'shuffle' setting. Just as I clicked the link the music switched from some bright and breezy reggae to the eerie voice of Skip James wailing the blues. Spooky.

  2. Between Memphis and Vicksburg in the neighbor of the Mississippi , yes thats blues land. Nice shots also. The machine inside the shed slowly but sure disappearing in time as are the names of some blues artists you mentioned.

  3. I liked that part of the US too. How wonderful you heard the blues by pushing a button.

  4. I like this landscape with its flair. And the music is also very good. Very beautiful photos you have taken.


  5. What a cool place. Wish the gate hadn't been shut.


  6. That station looks perfect.

  7. no wonder you enjoyed visiting that location John; it looks so orderly and still in good nic considering the years gone by since it was being productive


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