Mississippi Delta Region




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This postcard features a faded black and white image of a line of Great Northern railroad cars on the tracks at Head, Mississippi which is current day Leland, Mississippi. A vehicle is parked on the right side of the tracks and people are seen walking toward the tracks and on the tracks. Some people are seen peering from one of the train cars. The faded, handwritten title "Refugees Head, Miss. Flood 1913 [?] Leland, Mississippi" is in the lower right of the image. The Great Flood of 1913 occurred in the Mississippi Delta in April and May 1913. This photograph shows refugees along the railroad tracks at a plantation railroad stop called Head or Heads, Miss., which is located 5 miles northeast of Leland. The Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad (Y & MV) was a major Delta railroad. Captain James Alexander Feltus purchased a plantation in the present-day city of Leland in January of 1876. The Memphis and Vicksburg Railroad first entered the area in October of 1882. The city adopted its current name on February 16, 1885. Leland was incorporated as a town on February 20, 1886. It became the City of Leland in March 1929. It is also the hometown of Jim Henson, a renowned puppeteer in the history of American television. The back of the card is addressed to Miss Maud in Aberdeen, Mississippi and much of the back is damaged with black paper from having been removed from a scrapbook.

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Postcards; Railroad cars; Railroad cars; Floods


Floods; Flooding; Great Flood of 1913; Mississippi Delta

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Leland, (Miss.)

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Mississippi State University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections, Manuscripts Unit, Lucius Marion Lampton, MD Historical Images Collection, Mississippiana Collection, Postcard/Photographs, Box 4, Mississippi Delta Region



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Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version)


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Refugees of the Great Flood of 1913 , Head [Leland], Mississippi