Rich, Coahoma County

Slow down after you pass over the Yazoo Pass bridge on Highway 315 if you are heading east from 61.  Look to your right and you will see the road leading to Rich.  That is the only way to get to Rich today from Lula because the bridge was taken out when they moved the highway over to cross on a new bridge.

wYLfPYVuQL+U9BeMsE5+QA

Rich was founded in 1888 around the store and post office of the Richberg family and along the railroad constructed by the Mobile and Northwestern.  In 1920, it had a population of about 200.

Rich railroad

As a child, I remember several stores being open and some very nice houses in this small community.  It was not an incorporated town, but it was a close knit place.  Mrs. Garrison ran a small store where the post office was located.  That building still remains but her store has been closed for years.

EPuRzIKZTPS4kmFTK28hTA

An old service station was right across from her.  There was a cotton gin on the other side of the tracks.  I was always told that a wooden building behind Mrs. Garrison’s store was an old movie theatre long closed.

LgdnVRdvRzOXRoLThGWCiA

Several stately mansions graced Rich harkening back to a time when Rich really was rich.  Most of these things are gone today, but their memory remains.

k4XPNKd+TKC3nqGeh9cFTg

Thomas Harris, the famous writer of Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, and several other books is from Rich.

 

I knew his mother who lived in a home in Rich.  I was always told that Thomas Harris wrote many of his novels in this small house next to his Mothers.  Not sure if that is completely true, but when I pass this home, I always imagine those wild stories being written there.

IC4YxoIXQfqw4IROcGTZlg

Fond memories of Rich.

Advertisements

One thought on “Rich, Coahoma County

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.