Saturday, December 17, 2011

Hoben's Country Store, Old Hwy. 27 and Warriors Trail, Vicksburg, MS

This traditional wood-frame country store is at the junction of Old Highway 27 and Warriors Trail, southeast of Vicksburg. A decade or two ago, it was still open for business, but I am not sure when it closed. Possibly a reader can provide some information. Somewhere in my files, I may have a Kodachrome slide of this store in operation.

At one time, small locally-owned stores like this were found along rural roads throughout the south because rural farm workers did not have cars and had to walk or ride a wagon to get supplies. Needless to say, they are a dying institution, and the remaining examples are falling down, burning, or being torn down.

The roof on the main building is still intact, and it looks like the owners have been storing miscellaneous junk for awhile. Notice the wood boards forming the interior walls. Ultimate fate: unknown.

(Photographs taken with a Panasonic G1 digital camera with 14-45 mm Lumix G Vario lens, ISO 100, December 17, 2011.)


  1. "Ultimate fate unknown." Kind of the epitaph for a lot of things right now.

  2. Thank you for the comment. It especially applied to historic buildings in Vicksburg and the surrounding rural areas.

  3. That might be Hoben's Store. I went there on Google Maps Street View and the building was still there when the Street View images were taken. The name of the store is visible in that image.

  4. This store was my step fathers. His name was J.D Hoben. He had told me that he and his father had moved it from across the street with logs and oxen. The store opened in the late 50's I think. He and his first wife ran it until she passed away in the late 70's or early 80's. It was still used as a voting spot until the mid 90's until the church across the street started to take over do the limited space and parking. I grew up on the property that this store stood on.