|One of many plaques in Jackson, marking significant|
historic Blues locations
I arrived mid-afternoon on Thursday, checked into the very nice Hilton Garden Inn on Capitol Street, and then walked over to the convention center to pick up my race packet and check out the exhibitors at the Fitness Expo. It was an easy 3 block walk, but the 45 degree temperatures felt like 20 degrees with the strong winds coming right out of the north. Needless to say, I did not tarry too long. Only long enough to capture a few photos of the area near the hotel.
|A neat mosaic in the sidewalk in front of a|
|"Ghost mural" on Capitol Street. I took|
this photo for a friend who maintains
a fantastic "Roadside Wonders" website
|Fabulous neon-ornamented Cafe on Capitol Street|
|Race packet reusable drawstring bag|
and logo'd harmonica.
Thursday evening I ordered in room service and ate it while watching the Oregon Ducks win the Fiesta Bowl . Seemed like the right thing to do, since I ran in the Fiesta Bowl Half marathon last month.
Friday, late morning, I struck out again to explore the historic downtown area in a little more depth. Tulsa may claim to have one of the best historic Art Deco downtowns - which they do - but Jackson MS has some serious Art Deco architecture of its own. I found a great website, listing the historic downtown buildings and with this as my guide, I found and photographed most of them.
Here are a few:
|"New" Capitol Building|
|Site of first Christian congregation|
|"Old" Capitol Building|
|Bank of Mississippi building on left; |
couple of nice buildings next to it.
Some beautiful "commerce" buildings on Capitol Street:
Former Jones-Kennington Dry Goods Store (now Heritage Building) (1905)
Lamar Life Insurance Building, beautiful Gothic-style built 1924-1925
Then before heading to Subway to pick up a sandwich, I stopped by the start line area to snap a photo of the set-up crew: