- Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad
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railroad_name=Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad
Jackson, MSto Yazoo, MS
Chicago, ILThe Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad (Y&MV) was incorporated in 1882 and was part of the Illinois Central Railroadsystem (IC). Construction began in Jackson, Mississippi, and continued to Yazoo City, Mississippi. The line was later expanded through the Mississippi Deltaand on to Memphis, Tennessee. In 1982, the IC bought the Memphis- New Orleans Louisville, New Orleans and Texas Railwayand 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.
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 Pointto Rosedale among other stops, including Vicksburgand north to Memphis. The marker emphasizes that common theme of bluessongs was riding on the railroad which was seen as a metaphorfor travel and escape. [cite web
title=Mississippi Blues Trail Markers To Be Unveiled in Bolivar County
publisher=Mississippi Development Authority
Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad Company Depot
* [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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