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An old update from 2008 I found:

So last night around 7:30, I was driving through southern Mississippi, and had been driving for about 9 hours, so I decided to pull off for some food. Instead of just going for McDonald’s or some other crappy fast food like the Huddle House (would anyone actually eat at a place called that?) I wanted to go to a local place. So being in southern Mississippi, I figured the small town restaurant would be the way to go.

I got off the highway to go to the town of Bogue Chitto, about 5 miles off the highway. It was close enough so that I wouldn’t go out of my way, but far enough that it wouldn’t be swarming with commercialization. Well it turns out that there was less in this small town than even I expected. It was, of course, what you’d expect a small Mississippi town to look like, and MAYBE 200 people could live there at the very most. So aside from the houses, here is a roster of what the town had:

1 school
1 Post office
1 self-storage building
1 Derelict gas station
1 lawncare store
6 churches

No restaurant, not even a town bar. Yet, they had 6 churches. And 4 of these were baptist churches. Can anyone figure why a town of 200 would need 6 churches, most of which are exactly the same?

Another thing I noticed the whole time I was in Mississippi is the pickup trucks. They are everywhere. And these are not the little pickups like those Ford Rangers that we may see around Grand Rapids, these are all gigantic monsters of trucks, Ram 3500’s and such, that seem to take up a lane and a half of roadway. Why Mississippians would need trucks this size is beyond me. Although, there is something somewhat satisfying about jetting past these things in my little Sunfire.

After finally getting through Mississippi, I got to New Orleans last night around 10. Fun should be had now.

Benjamin

Benjamin

Hi all, my name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in archaeology and writing, pursuing a career in the latter. However, I never quite lost that fascination for archaeological theory. For the past 9 years, I’ve been living and travelling in Asia, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting them into practical archaeological travel information at PathsUnwritten.com.

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