Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Mississippi Delta 17: Benoit

Benoit is one of many small agricultural towns in Bolivar County on the former railroad line and now served by Highway 1.  Oddly enough, Baby Doll, directed by Elia Kazan, was filmed here in 1956 (remember Carroll Baker in her tiny nightgown? - quite daring for 1950s USA.). About a half hour north of Greenville, today Benoit is quiet, slowly fading away.

These elevators, standing in 2004, have been torn down.
Even the beer joint has closed.  Notice the asphalt single siding.

This is Rice Chapel, facing Highway 1.

All photographs scanned from Kodachrome 25 transparencies with a Plustek 7600i scanner.  Original photographs taken with a Leica M3 rangefinder camera with 50 mm or 35 mm Summicron lenses.

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