Friday, June 19, 2015

Gotta Love Librarians! A stop at The Depot in 1889.

This post is to thank the many librarians who have helped me in my depot quest. Without these wonderful souls I would not have found gems like the one posted below.  This particular find came from a fantastic researcher named Sarah who works at the John Crerar Library, University of Chicago.

This version shows the passengers entering and leaving the baggage room at The Depot.
Cite:  Southern Homeseekers' Guide and Winter Resorts on the Southern Division of the Illinois Central Railroad in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Cedar Rapids, Iowa:  Daily Republican Printing and Binding House. 1889. Print.

The following was all taken from the same Southern Homeseekers' Guide:
Cite:  Southern Homeseekers' Guide and Winter Resorts on the Southern Division of the Illinois Central Railroad in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Cedar Rapids, Iowa:  Daily Republican Printing and Binding House. 1889. Print.

       Back in the day Holly Springs was THE place to visit.   In 1889, if you were not living in Holly Springs you were not alive.  The writer says "that the death rate in Holly Springs is so light; in fact we find that, with the exception of one other city, this shows a lower rate of mortality than any other in the world."  Holly Springs had so many educated people of all sexes and races that "no city or town in the state can boast of a more highly cultured citizenship."  This high praise seems to be full of hyperbole but the writer claims that he has "not been led away by hearsay" and "he feels safe in saying that he has not made one misstatement or misrepresentation."

Click on the images below to read all the high praise for the town of Holly Springs, MS.
 

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