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Boll Court: 1939

Boll Court: 1939

October 1939. "Tourist court in Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta. Everything is named 'cotton boll' in the Delta." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.


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It seems built to last.

Mildly surprised to find out it's been gone for twenty or so years.

Depression class

That is one high-class motel for the Depression-era South. It would have been hard to find one any nicer in the '50s.

Cryptic caption

I recently came across a snapshot in a family photo album that had the words "cotton ball courts" scribbled on the reverse. Thanks to Shorpy, I now know where Anna "Ma" Zott of Center Line, Michigan stayed overnight during a May 1941 road trip.

Ashes by Now

"That new 49/61 intersection became known as 'the crossroads' to the citizens of Clarksdale. ... In the space of four years, the intersection point of two new highways had blossomed into a vibrant neighborhood named for the intersection. Assisting that transformation was Cotton Boll Court, a multiunit motor court just off the southeast corner. ... Remembered by several elderly Clarksdalians as an important fixture at the crossroads, it eventually burned down."
-- From "Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition" by Adam Gussow.


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Cotton Boll Court, Hiways 61 and 49, Clarksdale, Mississippi. Innerspring Mattresses–Tile Bath–Shower over tub–Insulated–Gas Heat–Garages–Telephones. S.H. Kyle, Owner. Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Wilkinson, Managers.

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