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Road Trip: Mississippi & Alabama

One of the Civil War Ironclads: U.S.S. Cairo

Ironsides and ironclads… are common vernacular from the American Civil War. Ironcads refer to the steam-powered metal armoured ships that roamed the Mississippi Delta during the war. They defied logic (much like airplanes)… and stayed afloat even though they were… Continue Reading →

I had tea with the Daughters of the American Revolution

I arrived at the Richards DAR House in Mobile by accident. I was in the community looking at some of the old Southern houses and wasn’t expecting to find a museum… but I did, and it was open. In a… Continue Reading →

The coffee is surprisingly good in Mobile (Alabama)

In terms of coffee, I wasn’t sure of what to expect in Alabama. As far as southern cities go, I know that Atlanta has a great coffee scene but I’ve also experienced significantly terrible coffee in both Mississippi and Louisiana…. Continue Reading →

Mobile’s history is intertwined with the history of Québec women

Upon arrival in Mobile, I began to refer to the city as a quieter, gentler, New Orleans. The weather is the same, the buildings are a similar mix of Creole style architecture, and Mobile even has a Mardi Gras… the… Continue Reading →

Biloxi’s bloody wade-in and an unknown victory

The beach close to the lighthouse in Biloxi was the site of the “Bloody Wade-in” where civil rights activists waded into the water along the “white” section of the beach to protest racial segregation on Biloxi’s beaches. There were a… Continue Reading →

About lighthouses and fish skeletons

I made it to Biloxi just in time to see the sun set over the ocean. This is an incredibly beautiful experience. The wind was warm, the sand the perfect temperature, and the sunset lasted a long while before disappearing… Continue Reading →

Natchez: a place known for Civil Rights violence

The next stop on the roadtrip is Natchez, Mississippi… a small city with a really big history. It’s been 300-years since the French settled Natchez. 2016 is the 300-year anniversary of the colonization of that city by the French (Fort… Continue Reading →

Vicksburg: So many of these men are unidentified

It upsets me every time I see so many rows of tiny little military gravestones with the word “unknown” on the front. These are people who had lives… and gave them away to politicians… whether willingly or not. They are… Continue Reading →

Vicksburg: These hills have ghostly memories

Driving through Vicksburg is upsetting. More upsetting than visiting the Preston Castle in Ione, or the mausoleums at the Hollywood Forever cemetery, or the Old Spaghetti Factory in Vancouver. Unlike most places that promote their haunted-ness, I consider those places… Continue Reading →

Vicksburg: The little house in the middle of the battle

First stop on the Southern U.S. road trip was Vicksburg: once home to just about every European colonial power: the French (Fort St. Peter), the Spanish (Fort Nogales), the English (Walnut Hills), and eventually Americans (who named the area Vicksburg)…. Continue Reading →

The coffin receiving place and those stump grave markers

The Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson is one of those weird places where you’re conflicted about how much to explore, where you should wander, and confused about what sort of history exists. I assume that the history is rich but couldn’t… Continue Reading →

East Coast? West Coast? It’s all the Best Coast.

In the chaos of the past two months, I neglected to write about another road trip that happened over the summer… one that was squished between the drive from Denver to Omaha… and the drive from Calgary to Montreal. In… Continue Reading →

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