Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Country Stores 15: Poboy Don's, Tallulah, Louisiana

Just east of Tallulah, Louisiana, LA route 602 takes a wide swing through the farm country south of Interstate 20. An old country store sits at the corner of Montrose Road and 602. It was an active little shop and snack bar in 1989 when I took some photographs on 4×5" Fujichrome 50 film. I do not know when the store closed, but my Tallulah friend said he remembered eating there about 20 years ago.
In recent years, my friends and I have been biking on 602 because it passes by ponds with plenty of birds and alligators. But the old store has been closed at least since 2015.

June 11, 2022 Update: While biking on 602, I saw two fellows repairing the siding. They said they will convert it into a hunting camp. One of them said his grandmother built the store in the early 1950s.

Vermilion flycatcher, an occasional and rare winter visitor, LA route 602 near Mound
Smooth bike riding on LA 602 and very little traffic.
Summer wildflowers on LA 602.
I took the 1989 frames with my Tachihara 4×5" camera and 180mm Caltar IIN lens on Fujichrome 50. A generous friend gave me an Epson 3600 Photo scanner, which has a light cover large enough for 4×5, so I am slowly scanning old transparencies and black and white negatives. The 2017 black and white frames are from a medium format Hasselblad with Tri-X professional 320 film.


Dempy said...

Came across this article when I googled Po-Boy Don's just because it randomly came to my mind. I'm 27 now, and I remember being very young when my dad told me it had closed, so it must have been late '90s or early '00s. I grew up in Vicksburg, so we used to go there a fair bit.

Anonymous said...

Previously Fortune Fork Store.

Kodachromeguy said...

Fortune Fork Store? What an interesting name. Thank you for this bit of history.