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Calhoun City and Bruce, Mississippi

Posted by graywacke on July 16, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much an every-third-day blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Landing number 2034; A Landing A Day blog post number 452.

Dan –  I landed in a “perfectly-subscribed” (PSer) state that is now an OSer . . . MS; was 32/32, now 33/32; 4/10; 1; 151.2.   And yes, Jordan, my Score went up (from 150.9 to 151.2).  Here’s my regional landing map:

 landing 1

My local landing map shows that I landed in the midst of nothing but small towns:

 landing 2

I didn’t find much of interest in any of the towns, but at least I found something in Calhoun City & Bruce (thus the post title).

 I landed in the watershed of the Anderson Ck; on to the Yalobusha R (2nd hit); to the Tallahatchie (8th hit); to the Yazoo (11th hit); to the MM (799th hit).  Interesting name, “Yalobusha.”  I wonder what it means?  From Wiki:

 The name “Yalobusha” comes from the Choctaw word yalooboshi, meaning “little tadpole”, from yalooba, “tadpole”, and -ushi, “diminutive

 Perhaps even more interesting would be the answer to the question, “Why did the Choctaw name the river Yaloobashi?”

 My Google Earth shot shows that landed in the woods:

 ge 1

Zooming out a little, I saw a system of dirt roads and little clearings that looks suspiciously like an oil field:

 ge 2

Oil in Mississippi?  Evidently so …

 I traveled south (via GE) a few miles to take a look at the mighty Yalobusha River.  Here’s a StreetView shot showing a portion of the Yalobusha that has been straightened, and is referred to as the Yalobusha Canal:

 ge sv yalobusha just downstream from confluence with duncan ck

Interestingly, the above StreetView shot is older than the actual GE aerial photography.  This GE aerial shot shows that the bridge is being replaced.  Obviously, the above StreetView shot is the old bridge . . .

 ge 3 - bridge now under construction

Don’t worry – the sag in the bridge is an artifact of the way GE represents topography.

So, as mentioned above, I landed in Calhoun County, which happens to be right next door to Chickasaw County.  Chickasaw County has gained recent notoriety because Django Unchained takes place (partially) in Chickasaw County (although it wasn’t filmed here).  I didn’t see the movie, but I read that Django was a slave in the county who was freed, and went out seeking revenge.

 Moving right along . . . but move right along where?  I looked at every one of the towns shown on the landing map above (like 20 or so), looking for my hook.  Man, I hardly got a bite, but a couple of nibbles.  First, Calhoun City is the home of one fine saxophone player, name of Ace Cannon.  Ace has been around for a long time, playing a very melodic sax.  From Ace’s website:

 In 1959 he started with the BILL BLACK COMBO, (which was one of the most popular instrumental groups of their era,) in the U.S. and the Bahamas, where he played the lead saxophone on all the original recordings. They appeared on the most prominent TV shows of that era, including The Ed Sullivan Show, The Merv Griffin Show and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.

Click HERE for a You Tube version of “Peace in the Valley,” Ace’s rendition of an old-school gospel song.

Moving along to Bruce, it turns out that Ron Lundy (who, coincidentally worked with Cousin Brucie) is from Bruce.  Ron Lundy?  Cousin Brucie?   Well, first, some background:  believe it or not, when I was in high school in the 1960s in Zanesville OH, we routinely listened to top 40 radio on WABC, New York!  For some strange reason, it came in better on our AM car radios than the Cleveland stations, and stations in towns like Columbus or Wheeling weren’t strong enough for us to get.

 So, Ron Lundy was part of the WABC DJ line-up that included Dan Ingram and the aforementioned Cousin Brucie.  I really don’t have anything significant to say about Ron Lundy, except that his name takes me way back to the days when everybody (and I mean everybody) listened to top 40.  Cool variety back in 1966, for example:  the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkle, the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Mamas and Papas, the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Donovan, the Association, the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Monkees . . . and on and on.  Ready to add a little weight, Jimi Hendrix and Creme were right around the corner.

 Enough Boomer reminiscing!

 Back on GE, I was looking for some pretty Panoramio pictures (as is my custom).  Come on, Calhoun County!!  There’s only Panoramio shot in the entire county!  Entitled “Tin Roof House” by RidgeRider.  Maybe it’s the Love Shack.  Anyway, here it is:

tin roof home by ridgerider

Please comment on this post if you understood the “Love Shack” reference . . . 

 Over in Chickasaw County, I found this nice shot of a cotton field, by Matthew N (good enough for my closing):

 matthew N pano

That’ll do it.

 KS

 Greg

 

 

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