Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad


Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad

Infobox SG rail
railroad_name=Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad
logo_filename=
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map_size=250
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marks=YMV
locale=Jackson, MS to Yazoo, MS
start_year=1882
end_year=1946
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hq_city=Chicago, IL
The Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad (Y&MV) was incorporated in 1882 and was part of the Illinois Central Railroad system (IC). Construction began in Jackson, Mississippi, and continued to Yazoo City, Mississippi. The line was later expanded through the Mississippi Delta and on to Memphis, Tennessee. In 1982, the IC bought the Memphis-New Orleans Louisville, New Orleans and Texas Railway and they later purchased the Mississippi and Tennessee Railroad. These lines were merged it into the Y&MV.

Between 1945 and 1946 the IC began to absorb its subsidiaries and the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad ceased to operate as an independent railroad.

Historic marker

The Mississippi Blues Commission placed a historic marker at the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad depot site in Rosedale, Mississippi, designating it as a site on the Mississippi Blues Trail. The marker commemorates the original lyrics of legendary blues artist Robert Johnson's "Traveling Riverside Blues" which traced the route of the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad which ran south from Friars Point to Rosedale among other stops, including Vicksburg and north to Memphis. The marker emphasizes that common theme of blues songs was riding on the railroad which was seen as a metaphor for travel and escape. [cite web
url=http://www.visitmississippi.org/press_news/BolivarCountyPressReleaseFeb2007.pdf
title=Mississippi Blues Trail Markers To Be Unveiled in Bolivar County
publisher=Mississippi Development Authority
accessdate=2008-05-29
]

ee also

* Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad Company Depot

References

External links

* [http://www.nrhs.com/chapters/yazoo_and_mississippi_valley.htm Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Chapter NRHS]
* [http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00497/ Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad Company Ledger(MUM00497)] at the University of Mississippi, Archives and Special Collections.


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