Thursday, August 1, 2019

Long forgotten: the Pinewood Motor Court, Hwy. U.S. 80, Vicksburg

The Pinewood Motor Court was located east of Vicksburg on historic US 80, formerly the Dixie Overland Highway. The restaurant and motel have been closed since at least since the mid-1980s.
The art moderne building was a restaurant. A 1950s post card labeled it as Cassino's Pinewood Grill."
The sign must have been impressive in its day, blazing with incandescent lights. I wonder if they flashed in a pattern in the direction of the arrow? Unfortunately, the "Pinewood" and "Grill" signs are gone.
When I moved to Vicksburg, the restaurant was still intact, but some of the motel units had been semi-deconstructed. The roofs were off, and you could see the cheerful pink tiles of the showers and lavatories.
In the early 1980s, an office in the middle of the parking lot was still intact.
The attendant in the office could survey the motel units and ensure that proper morals were maintained (or that no African Americans tried to check in).
Here are two samples of the same scene, one color and the other monochrome. Which tells the story better? These are scans of 4×5" film from a Tachihara camera.

Preservation Mississippi wrote about the Pinewood in 2014. Read some of the comments for background information.

The photographs above are from 35mm Kodachrome 25 film, Fujichrome 50 in 4×5" size, and Kodak Tri-X 400.

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