Medium sized city USA 🇺🇸 Jackson, MS
Claim to Fame: Capitol and largest city of MS
LeFleur’s Bluff State Park on Mayes Lake is an urban park in Jackson. We camped there for two days while visiting the city. This snowy egret visited our lakeside campsite several times a day.
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opened Dec. 2017. The history of Civil Rights from 1866-Present is covered but the focus is on the years 1945-1976. Eight interactive galleries present a wealth of history! The museum is a gem! The few pictures we have do little justice to this museum.
Both sides of five columns are filled with names of lynching victims. Sources: Lynching Subject File at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and Ralph Ginsberg’s 100 Years of Lynching. It is probable that many additional cases were undocumented.
This exhibit displayed the disparity of “separate but equal” Mississippi schools. Furniture, books -or their absence-, length of school year, building conditions were a few of the issues depicted as you sat within the “school rooms” and listened to an audio discussing the disparities. Note the benches and 6-month school year on the left.
The early 60″s saw a generation of activists born. In the summer of 1961 Freedom Riders rode interstate buses into the segregated southern states to protest segregated bus terminals. Many Freedom Riders came to MS, many were jailed for alleged minor offenses and held in deplorable conditions. Jail terms were for months. It took several walls of this gallery to display mug shots of all the jailed Freedom Riders.
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Adjacent to the Civil Rights Museum is the Museum of Mississippi History. Closing time was approaching so unfortunately we only had time to look at a small part of this museum. It is also a very modern museum. The introductory video was show on the seven screens above. As you entered the “forest”, a “campfire” and “trees” set the mood.
Cane Creek State Park
Cane Creek State Park is a small park on Cane Creek Lake in rural, southeastern Arkansas. A canoe “trail” on the lake was beckoning us! Leaving the Mississippi Delta, we headed to Arkansas.
The trail is 2.5 miles of easy paddling through both dead and live cypress trees. The trail is well marked with yellow blazes on the trees and yellow buoys in the water.
Two beaver lodges were along the trail.
Beavers were sunning themselves in the early am. They would scamper back in the lodge but reappear soon to see if we were still trying to get their photo. Yes, we were!
Sunrise as we stood on the dock by our campsite.
A few minutes later… more color.
Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas
Petit Jean State Park is the oldest state park in Arkansas and encompasses 2,658 acres. Many of the facilities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The park is beautiful and campers are kept busy exploring caves, waterfalls, a natural bridge and several hiking trails. There are also beautiful views to be enjoyed by just staying at your campsite!
We hiked to the natural bridge on a very hot day. No water under the bridge….it would have been refreshing if there had been a little.
WINROCK RANCH, ARKANSAS
Winthrop Rockefeller, son of John D. Rockefeller Jr., had a very privileged upbringing. He attended high school at Loomis School in Windsor, CT (now Loomis Chaffee). Winthrop attended Yale for three years before withdrawing. Rather than joining the family oil empire, he traveled to Texas and became a roustabout in the oil fields for three years before enlisting in the Army in 1941. He saw action in the South Pacific receiving the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
After a few years of living a playboy lifestyle, Winthrop moved to Arkansas and bought land atop Petit Jean Mountain turning it into into a showplace ranch, Winrock Farms. In 1966 he was elected to the first of two terms as governor of Arkansas. Winrock Farms is still a showplace which includes a cattle ranch, airport, restaurant, lodge and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. While we camped at nearby Petit Jean State Park, we explored Winrock. What are unique place to visit!
1966 campaign bus; notice Winrock brand above 66. The visitor center has an extensive gallery of photos telling Winthrop’s life history.
Winrock Ranch became widely known for raising high quality Santa Gertrudis cattle. We were impressed by the rich color of the cattle in the lush pastures.