Winterville Mounds and Hubcap City
On a wild goose chase (looking for Hubcap City on some wrong directions), we drove by Winterville Mounds, just north of Greenville, MS, an old Indian ruin. It's a state historic park, with a parking lot and a little interpretive center, plus trails out back where the mounds are.
"What were the mounds used for?" we asked the woman behind the desk. "You know, I can't really tell you," she said cheerfully. "But all those dioramas in there will tell you all about it."
The last person to sign the guest register had dated his entry about three days before our visit.
We figured she was probably too busy to do much reading on the mounds.
We didn't learn much, but the light was incredible.
Ken and Doug share a long love affair with hub caps, and as soon as we learned there was a place called Hub Cap City, we knew we were going to have to find it.
It wasn't where we expected it to be, but it was worth the extra miles.
Home of B.B. King. We didn't stop, except to take the picture. The story goes that B.B. got his name in Memphis, where he played regularly (and today has a live-music restaurant) on Beale Street. He was known there as Beale Street Blues Boy, which got shortened to B.B.
One spot we didn't take time to stop (although it was easily visible from the road) was Leland, birthplace of Jim Henson, where there's a Muppet museum. Turns out Kermit's a Southern frog. Leland is also mentioned in any number of blues tunes, from Mississippi John Hurt to John Lee Hooker.