Moon Lake – Coahoma County, Mississippi

Whether a permanent resident or one of the countless visitors, Moon Lake takes hold of you and never lets go.  It’s a beautiful lake great for fishing, boating or just enjoying a relaxing picnic along its shore.

Going north along Highway 1 in Coahoma County, visitors will notice a sign for Moon Lake Scenic Overlook next to a large pecan grove.  If you have time, pull over into the parking lot and take a walk along the scenic path to this public pier overlooking Moon Lake.

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Moon Lake is a 2,200 acre ox-bow lake in northern Coahoma County.  The lake started its history off as part of the Mississippi but was created when the river changed course. After the Choctaw and Chickasaw left, the area around Moon Lake became one of the first places settled in Coahoma County.

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Through the years the shore along Moon Lake has been home to politicians, planters, singers and criminals.  It has calmed recently though.  The famous Kathryn’s Restaurant is still serving up its great food.

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Uncle Henrys, famous site of what was called Moon Lake Casino by Tennessee Williams, continues to face out to the calming waters.  Where small shacks and trailers once stood, well built new homes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars now hold reign.  The bars and dance halls that once beckoned  men and women from as far away as Memphis are  gone.  Only a few posts standing lonely just above the lake’s waves are reminders for this wild history, but Moon Lake maintains its beauty.

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Uncle Henry’s on Moon Lake

Summer time brings hundreds of locals and visitors each year for boating and fishing fun. A number of hunting clubs have lodges along Moon Lake as well.  You will see the trucks packed with decoys and shot guns parked nearby as their occupants are enjoying their time along the lake. Fishermen will be busy near the banks with their rods and reels. Sundays will see party barges meeting up between the two islands of the lake.

Alcorn Island is named after the Reconstruction Era Governor and Coahoma County native, James Lusk Alcorn.  The other is named Texas Island.  Texas Island really isn’t an island by definition, but locals still refer to is as one.

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There are two state maintained boating ramps.  One is located at Moon Lake Park on Paradise Point just off Highway 1. Along with the ramp visitors have access to picnic tables and a fish cleaning station.  The other ramp is located off Highway 49 on the Yazoo Pass, which runs into the lake. This ramp also offers picnic tables and a fish cleaning station. In addition to these two sites, there are several more private or non maintained boating ramps along the lakeshore.

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Unfortunately there are no bait stores nearby so fishermen should bring everything they need.  A Jordan’s convenience store along Highway 49 serves the needs of locals and visitors.  Great prices on beer and tobacco.  Also serves Chester’s Chicken and has Citgo gas for customers. There is another smaller store located in Lula that serves prepared food too.

 

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There is a winding road that runs along the edge of Moon Lake that is perfect for a road trip or a bike ride. Overall Moon Lake is a nice and quiet place to unwind and rest in the Mid South.

References:

John Elliott You Tube

Town of Tunica Veterans Memorial Park- Tunica, Mississippi

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The town of Tunica has a wonderful little space just south of downtown called Tunica Veterans Memorial Park.  It was completed in 2002 to honor our veterans and remember the wars they participated in.  On one end lies swings and a playground for children.  There is a quarter mile walking trail that encompasses the entire park.  Benches allow visitors to rest and take in the beauty of this unique little Southern town.

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At the other end lies a statue to our soldiers.  Around it are tablets concerning past conflicts and honoring soldiers from Tunica.  It is a well maintained park and one of my favorite walking trails.

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Location: Tunica, Mississippi

You Tube video of Tunica Veterans Memorial Park Walking Trail

 

 

Hugh Jack Stubbs Recreation Trail – Coahoma County, Mississippi

The Hugh Jack Stubbs Recreation Trail is a recently completed walking and biking trail that starts at the Mississippi Welcome Center located at the intersection of Highway 49 and 61 in Northern Coahoma County, Mississippi.  It’s winding path follows the Yazoo Pass, which is an historical area from the Civil War.  Restrooms and water are at the visitor center.  The trail ends where the Pass empties into Moon Lake.  Restrooms are also available there as well.  For those interested, you can continue on across a walking bridge and complete a circle.  This will carry you on a much traveled road so caution is advised.

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There is a picnic area and kayak ramp for those that are interested.  An historical display discusses the Yazoo Pass and it’s importance in the Civil War. Exercise stations can be found along the path as well.

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Hugh Jack Stubbs Recreation Trail.  US Hwy 49 and US 49N; Coahoma County, Mississippi. 38644.

 

 

Museums- Delta Cultural Center

Delta Cultural Center – Helena, Arkansas

The Delta Cultural Center, located at Helena, was created in 1990 with a mission of preserving, interpreting, and presenting the cultural heritage of the Arkansas Delta.  The Arkansas Delta consists of a twenty seven county area located mainly in Eastern Arkansas. A big celebration took place on that day in front of the old Missouri Pacific Depot which had been converted into the Delta Cultural Center.  In addition to local dignitaries and visitors, the party even attracted our governor at that time.  The one and only Bill Clinton gave speeches and opened the facility.  In fact, his picture can still be found at the depot.

Governor and later President Bill Clinton

The center features the Depot Museum located at 95 Missouri Street and the Visitors Center found at 141 Cherry Street.

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The Visitors Center is composed of a three building museum that is constantly changing and adding new exhibits.  One building is home to Delta Sounds which is dedicated to the music of the Arkansas Delta featuring blues, gospel, country, rockabilly and many other styles.  The DCC is also the broadcast home for the country’s longest running daily blues radio show, King Biscuit Time.  King Biscuit Time first hit the airwaves with KFFA on November 21, 1941. Each weekday at 12:15 p.m., the Visitors Center presents a live broadcast of the show with music.  Make sure to stop by the museum gift shop too.

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The Depot features a number of exhibits from agriculture, the river, railroading and history. There is even a a train caboose that visitors can check out. In the back of the museum is the Delta Eagle Room which can be rented for special events. Don’t forget to take the elevator up to the second floor where you can explore the role of Helena in the civil war.

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Since the opening of the Depot museum, the Delta Cultural Center has continued to expand. Today the DCC operates three outside parks: Fort Curtis, Freedom Park and Battery C.  It also includes the Moore-Hornor House, Beth El Heritage Hall, Miller Hotel and the Cherry Street Pavilion.  The Education Department of the DCC is involved with local schools and other groups. Theres always something going on, so make sure to check out the Delta Cultural Center.

Hours of operation: Tuesday – Saturday.   9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Closed on some holidays.

Delta Cultural Center. 141 Cherry Street.  Helena, Arkansas 72342

Phone: (870)-338-4350

http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com