|Clay Street descending from Cherry Street (Tri-X film (suffering from reticulation) taken from balcony of motel)|
Clay Street comes into the core of old Vicksburg from the east.
When the Methodist minister, Newitt (or Newit) Vick, platted the town, he intended Jackson Street to be the main east-west commercial street and laid it out as two-lane. But commerce did not develop that way and Clay Street became the main road with hotels, shops, and commercial buildings. The National Registry of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form, written by Nancy Bell of the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation, includes a readable and detailed summary of the city's growth and architectural changes over the decades. The "urban renewal" fad of the 1970s (i.e., free money from the Federal government) led to the demolition of numerous historic buildings and construction of some revolting and largely-unused concrete parking garages. Someone should follow the money and see who really benefitted from these "renewals."
In this short article, I will show you some photographs from lower Clay Street, the area from around Cherry Street and further west, heading towards the Yazoo Diversionary Canal.
|Former Wells & LaHatte appliance company (919 Clay Street), now moved 1 block west (Kodak 4×5" Super-XX film)|
|Interior of 919 Clay Street (Moto G5 photograph taken through a window)|
The Wells and LaHatte company has sold household appliances in Vicksburg since 1935. It is nice to deal with a locally-owned company. They moved from their old building are now one block west at 1301 Monroe Street.
|Former apartments at 915 Clay Street (Super-XX film, 90mm ƒ/6.8 Angulon lens)|
|915 Clay Street is settling and collapsing (90mm ƒ/6.8 Angulon lens)|
|Side of 915 Clay Street from Cherry Street|
|Former Junius Ward YMCA, 821 Clay Street at corner of Monroe (Panatomic-X film, Fuji GW690II camera, 90mm lens)|
|Hotel Vicksburg, undated (from the Cooper Postcard Collection, courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History)|
|Walnut Street view north on a foggy day (Tri-X film, Hasselblad 50mm Distagon lens)|
|721 Clay Street (4×5" Tri-X negative, 75mm ƒ/8 Super-Angulon lens)|
|Clay Street view west to Yazoo Diversionary Canal and flood walls|
UPDATE: I found a digital color photograph of the old warehouses on the north side of Clay Street. What would one find in one of these boarded-up buildings?
|Lower Clay Street (Fuji X-E1 digital file, 1962 Jupiter-8 lens, ƒ/5.6)|