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I have been derelict in my duty to the forum.... I suppose I need to activate a Flickr account. While my fancy cameras are all in Florida (in various states of disrepair), I just got a new phone which supposedly takes OK pictures. I'll have to try it out.

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^I hope your able to get some nice pictures with your camera-phone, Tom!

I still have a few more pictures from Mississippi that I can post in here, and I'm sure others can get some stuff off of the intenet, or post their own photos. :D

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Here is a nice picture, not necessary of a unique place or landmark structure but it is part of what makes Mississippi special. There is one particular region of the state where camelias grow exceptionally well...anyone care to take a guess?

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Longwood, Natchez

Begun by the eccentric Dr. Haller Nutt shortly before the Civil War, Longwood was to have been one of the most spectacular houses in America. As hostilities began to simmer, the Philadelphia workmen dropped their tools and went off to war, leaving the house just six months before completion. The design was straight out of Samuel Sloan's architectural pattern book. Sloan's design for an "oriental villa" was never intended to be built, being more of a fantasy than much of anything else. Nutt's immense cotton fortune ensured that at least part of it would become reality. The family lived in the completed basement floor for many years before the house was given to the Pilgrimage Garden Club.

Photo- American Memory Collection, Library of Congress

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Longwood is simply awesome. I have toured it no less than six times. The last time was about 8 months ago while I was in Natchez for my nephew's wedding. I brought my sons with me and it was their first time to see it. They were as captivated by Longwood as I am.

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Speaking of things Natchez and West MS. I don't remember seeing much if any discussion here about the Ruins of Windsor. Here is a fairly recent picture and also a rendering of what it would have looked like before the fire.

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According to several sources a fire was started in 1890 by a house guest who accidentally dropped a cigarette into a 3rd floor debris pile left by carpenters making repairs. Everything was burned with the exception of a few pieces of china, 23 of the columns, the balustrades and the iron stairs.

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Jefferson College, Washington, Mississippi

Built in 1817, this military college had opened and closed several times before finally closing in the early 1960's. The East and West buildings have been restored. The center building was removed. It is maintained by the Park Service today.

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View from 1936

HABS, American Memory. Library of Congress

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Jefferson College Today

With the center section gone, the complex looks quite different, though improved.

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Image from the Mississippi Film Office

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City Hall in Jackson. One of the few antebellum structures to make it through the Civil War.

Image- HABS, American Memory. Library of Congress

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The Sun'n Sand Motor Hotel in Jackson

This motor hotel from the early 1960's has a certain kitschy Polynesian charm- it's Tiki bar inside is a perfect example of the cultural kitsch popular at the time. It is almost as certainly going to be flattened soon. Perhaps someone will save the sign.

Image courtesy of the Mississippi Heritage Trust

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Schematic Design for Gulfport Hotel

From the Governor's Commission for Rebuilding and Renewal, a schematic design for a harborfront hotel. I think Mayor Brent Warr is serious about building something along these lines.

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^I was happy to be able to find it! There really aren't many great Jackson skyline shots on the internet.

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Golden Moon Hotel/Casino

The Golden Moon Hotel and Casino at the Pearl River Resort, 1992, Arquitectonica, Miami

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Image courtesy of Hotel=Technology.com

This striking building is the centerpiece of the Pearl River Resort near Philadelphia, Mississippi. Designed by Arquitectonica of Miami, the 29 story tower is shaped like a nautilus. Further improvements are planned for the resort, a development of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

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WOW ! That looks crazy ! I would like to be able to see that from miles away driving-in at nightime. I bet you can see that for quite some distance ! That thing is HUGE..for tiny Philadelphia MS; How are they doing up there ? As business been good ? Is there a restaraunt inside the moon on top ?

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