The present US 80 crosses the Pearl River south of downtown Jackson and runs north of Interstate 20. West Jackson was a bustling commercial zone in the post-World War II decades. Preservation Mississippi as written about some of the motels and other architecture along this strip. Today, it is a bit (well, very) dingy. The scenery is marred with fast food restaurants, old warehouses, and strip malls that clearly saw better years a long time ago. I recently wrote about the old Metrocenter Mall, which is only partly occupied now (click the link).
|KCS tracks view east, Old US 80 near Clinton, Mississippi (Olympus Trip 35, TMax 100 film)|
|Post Drive, Old US 80 (Olympus Trip 35, TMax 100 film). The fence has been extended and now obscures all of the yard|
|Old Hwy 80 east of Bolton (Olympus Trip 35, TMax 100 film)|
|Main Street, Bolton (Olympus Trip 35, Tmax 100 film)|
|Mack's Cafe, Old US 80, Bolton (Kodachrome 25, Leica, 50mm lens)|
|Former Dodge dealer (no longer extant), Edwards, Mississippi (Yashica Electro 35CC camera, Ilford Delta 100 film)|
|National Youth Administration gymnasium (formerly for Edwards High School, Edwards, Mississippi|
|Woodman of America hall (no longer extant), Edwards, Mississippi (Kodachrome slide, Leica M3, 90mm f/2.8 Tele-Elmarit lens)|
|Shotgun house, 304 Old Hwy 80, Bolton (Olympus E-330 digital camera)|
|Former filling station, US 80, west of Edwards (Fuji X-E1 digital camera)|
|Old US 80 west of Edwards, Mississippi (Fuji X-E1 digital camera)|
|Smith Hall, Bonner Campbell Institute, Edwards (Panatomic-X film, Fuji GW690II camera, 90mm lens)|
|Big Black River crossing, Old US 80 (Hasselblad, 50 mm Distagon lens, Fomapan 100 Classic film)|
|Bridge commemoration (Olympus E-330 digital image)|
|US 80 near Bovina, Mississippi (Fuji X-E1 digital camera)|
|Former "Colored Motel" east of Vicksburg (Pentax Spotmatic, 24mm SMC Takumar lens)|
|Lobby of former "Colored Motel" (Pentax Spotmatic, 24mm SMC Takumar lens)|
As the Dixie Overland approached Vicksburg, motels welcomed the weary traveler. One pink and now very overgrown motel just east of Mt. Albans Road formerly had a sign, "Colored Motel." I may have a picture of it somewhere but have not found it yet. It has been unused since the 1980s or earlier. Currently, the building is being engulfed by kudzu.
|Pinewood Motel, US 80, Vicksburg, closed since the 1980s (4×5" Tri-X negative, Tachihara camera)|
old 80 bridge, now closed to road traffic and pedestrians but still leased by the Kansas City Southern railroad. Today, US 80 and I-20 use a new bridge, built in the 1970s. We will explore US 80 in Louisiana in a future article. I will not cover Vicksburg in this article. Just type "Vicksburg" in the search box and you can find plenty of articles about the city - color, black and white, summer, winter, snow, and even some digital.