From the hills to the coast, the people of Mississippi have stories to tell. Most would never guess that Raleigh, Mississippi, once played host to the National Tobacco Spitting Contest. Over in Okolona, children are told of the man who livedaand diedadeep down in a hole and scared passersby. From the gandy dancers who built the first train tracks in Mississippi to the eight-foot-tall man who lived in the woods of Columbia, read tales that range from common myth to a good bit of righteous gossip. Author and storyteller Diane Williams traveled across the Magnolia State to gather these local legends and has compiled them into an inquisitive, laugh-out-loud collection.Prior to the 1900s, folks in the northern part of Newton County traveled by horse and buggy or mule and wagon, or sometimes they used the oldest form of ... Some thirty miles of tracks were laid between Union and Meridian, using mostly manual labor to handle the heavy crossties and rails. ... The doodlebuga#39;s first stop on the route from Union to Meridian was in Willoughby, about three miles out.
|Title||:||Mississippi Folk and the Tales They Tell|
|Publisher||:||The History Press - 2014-03-04|