“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Meridian, Mississippi Historical Markers

Jimmie Rogers Museum & steam era train image, Touch for more information
By Mark Hilton, September 15, 2014
Jimmie Rogers Museum & steam era train
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — Birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers
Born Sept. 8, 1897, at Meridian, Miss. Known as the “Singing Brakeman,” Rodger's recordings of Southern blues and ballads greatly contributed to the world-wide popularity of a distinctly American musical form. — Map (db m77219) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — 11 — Country Music Comes of Age
Front Meridian's Jimmie Rodgers Day festivals of the 1950s, the first held May 26, 1953, became known as National Country Music Days, marking a turning point in the nation's enthusiasm for country music. Stars and fans from every . . . — Map (db m77171) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — Depot Historic District
Well-preserved industrial complex grouped about a railroad depot, center of railroad industry, the impetus to Meridian's growth after 1860. Included farm products processing businesses of inventor G.W. Soule. — Map (db m60075) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — Dial House Site
Build ca. 1870 by industrialist J.R. Dial. His son, E.H. Dial, who served as mayor (1893-1901) also lived here. The city's code of ordinances was adopted during his term, and he was responsible for many civic improvements. In 1899, he wrote the . . . — Map (db m77214) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — 3 — Elsie McWilliams
Front Elsie Williamson McWilliams (1896-1985), the sister of Jimmie Rodgers's second wife Carrie, wrote or contributed to music and lyrics for thirty-nine of the songs that Rodgers performed or recorded, although she never received . . . — Map (db m77170) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — Gillespie V. "Sonny" Montgomery
Buried just east of this site. “Sonny” Montgomery served in the Mississippi State Senate 1956-1966 and the U. S. House of Representatives 1967-1997. A retired Major General in the Mississippi National Guard, Montgomery championed . . . — Map (db m76698) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — Highland Park
Opened in 1909 as one of the South's premier streetcar pleasure parks, it consists of 32 informally landscaped acres and contains an 1890s Dentzel Carousel which is designated a National Historic Landmark. — Map (db m77218) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — 1 — Jimmie RodgersFather of Country Music
Front Singing winningly, with storytelling clarity and physicality, of the real lives and fondest dreams of his down home audience, with varied musical backing that ranged from his own solitary guitar to rural pickers, horns, and . . . — Map (db m77176) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — 10 — Jimmie Rodgers & The Blues
Jimmie Rodgers (1897 – 1933) is widely known as the "father of country music," but blues was a prominent element of his music. The influence of his famous "blue yodels" can be heard in the music of Mississippi blues artists including . . . — Map (db m59656) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — Lauderdale County World War I Memorial
1917 – 1918 To the glory of God and in honor of those of Lauderdale County who patriotically answered the call of our country to uphold justice and the rights of humanity and in loving remembrance of those . . . — Map (db m77473) WM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — Meridian
Formerly Sowashee, it was chartered 1860, and throve as rail junction during the Civil War, serving in 1863 as temporary capital and as depository of the state's official records. — Map (db m59695) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — 178 — Meridian Rhythm & Blues and Soul Music
Front Rhythm & blues and soul singers have been major contributors to Meridian’s deep African American musical heritage, extending the legacy molded by gospel, jazz and traditional blues artists. David Ruffin of the Temptations and his . . . — Map (db m77426) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — Meridian's "C" Battery
   Monday, September 4th, Labor Day, 1950 at 9:30 p.m. 125 local Marine Reserves of Meridian's "C" Battery, 4th 155mm Howitzer Battalion U.S.M.C.R. held their last local muster here at the old Union Station enroute to Camp Pendleton, California and . . . — Map (db m60059) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — Merrehope
A 20-room Neoclassical Revival mansion completed in 1904, the house began as a small cottage which served as headquarters for Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston in 1863. Merrehope is now a museum of local history. — Map (db m77216) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — 18 — Moe Bandy
(Front text) Born in Meridian and the grandson of the railway yard manager where Jimmie Rodgers worked, Moe Bandy became one of country music’s most popular singers of the 1970s and ‘80s. A master of honky tonk as well as cowboy . . . — Map (db m60544) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — 169 — Peavey Electronics
Front The electronic amplification of vocals and musical instruments resulted in dramatic changes in the blues in the post-World War II era, notably the rise to prominence of the electric guitar. Peavey Electronics, founded in 1965 by . . . — Map (db m77192) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — Poplar Springs Road Historic District
In 1905, local lumber businessman M.R. Grant laid out a plan for the lots and streets along Poplar Springs Drive and named it Marion Park in honor of his daughter. By 1912 along this winding road, featuring large homes, a street car line and Matty . . . — Map (db m93143) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — 1 — Railroads and the War — Meridian Civil War Trail
Meridian was a Civil War railroad center with an arsenal, a military hospital, and state offices. On Feb, 14, 1865, General Sherman's troops reached town and began destroying track, cutting an essential Confederate supply line. — Map (db m77472) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — 2 — Sherman's "Bow Tie" — Meridian Civil War Trail
To prevent repair of rails, General Sherman's troops created “bow ties.” They burned crossties to heat rails, then twisted the rails around trees. Altogether they destroyed more than 100 miles of track around Meridian. — Map (db m77469) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — Temple Theater
Erected 1923-27 by the Hamasa Shriners in Moorish Revival style, this theater was among the finest movie/vaudeville “palaces” of its day, having one of the largest stage facilities in the United States. — Map (db m77217) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — Urban Center Historic District
. . . — Map (db m59694) HM

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