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Natchez in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Intersection of Main and Canal Streets

Natchez Trails

 
 
Intersection of Main and Canal Streets Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2014
1. Intersection of Main and Canal Streets Marker
Inscription. The Protection Steam Fire Company No. 3 built a grand firehouse in 1902 at the corner of Main and Canal streets (no longer standing). During the 1800s and early 1900s, volunteers provided fire protection in Natchez as in most American towns. Both black and white volunteers organized segregated fire companies that operated like fraternal organizations, and each company built its own distinct firehouse downtown.

Built in 1838, the Commercial Bank and Banker's House is a single building. The bank portion faces Main Street, and the house faces South Canal Street. The bank vaults are actually under the second-story bedroom of the Banker's House. The bank portion has served the city as a bank, post office, National Guard Armory, church, and entertainment facility. The building is a National Historic Landmark.

The Gaines Building (no longer standing) stood on the corner of Main and Canal streets. This engraving shows a mule-drawn trolley, used prior to electric trolleys. The building had a decorative pressed-metal front, like many of the fine commercial buildings constructed in Natchez during the cotton boom of the late 1800s.

The Lum Brothers sale barn for horses and mules (no longer standing) was on Main Street between Canal and Wall streets. The larger stockyards
Marker detail: Protection Steam Fire Company No. 3 image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Protection Steam Fire Company No. 3
were located further south on Canal Street. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, livestock often arrived in town by rail and was herded through the city streets to sale barns and stockyards.

The Postlethwaite Building is a Federal-style commercial building from about 1820. The restored structure has served a wide variety of uses during its lifetime of almost two hundred years, including the dry cleaning business pictured above.
 
Erected by City of Natchez, Mississippi.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trails marker series.
 
Location. 31° 33.687′ N, 91° 24.316′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Canal Street, on the left when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Postlethwaite Building, beside the sidewalk on Main Street, at the southwest corner of the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Main Street, Natchez MS 39120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commercial Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Intersection of Main and Wall streets (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line);
Marker detail: The Gaines Building image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: The Gaines Building
Bluff Park - Playground for the City (about 400 feet away); The Natchez Trace (about 400 feet away); Spanish Colonial Natchez (about 400 feet away); Bluff Park and South Broadway Street (about 400 feet away); "The Natchez Burning" (about 400 feet away); Natchez (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large, rectangular composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high metal posts.
 
Categories. AgricultureArchitectureIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Marker detail: The Lum Brothers sale barn for horses and mules image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: The Lum Brothers sale barn for horses and mules
The Postlethwaite Building (<i>wide view from Main Street; marker visible far right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2014
5. The Postlethwaite Building (wide view from Main Street; marker visible far right)
The Commercial Bank (Main Street) & Banker's House (Canal Street) are parts of the same building image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 22, 2014
6. The Commercial Bank (Main Street) & Banker's House (Canal Street) are parts of the same building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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