Mississippi’s quiet country highways knit together small cities and scenic attractions that are the stuff road trips are made of. We hit the Magnolia state to check out Civil War-era history and the Mississippi Blues Trail, ending in N’awlins to indulge in some seafood.
But no one should set out on a country-fried road trip without ample power. Check out how we stayed powered up to share this trip with you.
We start off on a country road outside Jackson, Mississippi. A Ventev mini-pro window dashmount keeps the route in view. But remember, always have power for your friends too.
Driving through a quaint town we had flashbacks. Who doesn’t look at this clock tower and wonder if they could hit 88 mph in a DeLorean at exactly the moment lightning strikes?
In Cleveland, Mississippi, (named for Grover Cleveland, and not Cleveland, Ohio), we came across a caboose from the Illinois Central Railroad.
The Illinois Central was how the blues truly spread from the Mississippi Delta to places like Chicago, as southern bluesmen headed north looking for work. Without it, it’s likely there would be no blues. Without the blues, there’s no R&B. And without R&B, there’s no rock ‘n’ roll.
Heading deeper into the Delta, we stop at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi. It’s always nice to see tributes to the “King of the Blues.”
Just an hour out of Vicksburg, we catch U.S. 61, the Blues Highway. Lots of songs have been written about this road.
We stop in the town of Vicksburg which was a key transportation hub during the Civil War, and was put under siege by the Union Army. Each side used cannons to harass an entrenched enemy.
The Yazoo & Mississippi Railroad Station, now the Old Depot Museum, was once known as the Yazoo Delta Railway, but blues musicians who rode the rails referred to it as the “Yellow Dog Railroad” or by the initials Y.D. It’s featured in a good number of blues songs.
It’s also where our Powercell was caught riding the rails like an old-timey bluesman.
Onward we press and before you know it, look — It’s the Super Dome!!! We’re in N’awlins, y’all.
And the first stop? Gumbotown.
With full bellies where else would we head but Bourbon Street?
Yes, please. Crawfish snack before we jump on the flight back to Baltimore is a must, even if Maryland Blue Crabs are better.
If you’re planning a road trip, the Blues Trail, Civil War artifacts, and seafood make the South a must-drive destination. Just make sure to pack enough power to keep you going along the way.