Friday, August 25, 2017

Abandoned Fuel Terminal, Mulberry Street, Vicksburg (in film)

Kansas City Southern tunnel under Washington Street, Vicksburg
1898 keystone
Mulberry Street runs from Washington Street down the hill to Levee Street, on the dry (east) side of the Yazoo Canal floodwalls in Vicksburg. An abandoned oil distribution terminal is located next to the Kansas City Southern railroad tracks, where they make a turn and go through a tunnel under Washington Street. This complicated rail routing has existed since before the Civil War. The beautiful brick and stone tunnel has a keystone with an engraving of 1898.
There are a couple of steel utility buildings on the site. Not too exciting. Washington Street is on the hill above.
One building had piles and piles of old invoices and receipts. I guess this is the paperless office we hear about so often.
I revisited the terminal on a sunny day spring 2017 when I was testing my newly-acquired Hasselblad. These three are with Tri-X 400 film. Not much has changed. There is still a faint aroma of petrochemicals. Mississippi is easy for this type of photography because many abandoned sites are unlocked and open.

The horizontal photographs are from a Fuji GW690II 6×9 medium format rangefinder camera and Panatomic-X film. The square photographs are from a Hasselblad 6×6 camera with a Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 CB lens using Kodak Tri-X 400 film.

UPDATE APRIL 7, 2018:  The pumps, valves, and metal stands are gone. The site is covered with new soil and gravel.

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