Jackson, Mississippi

Memories of my first trip to the city of Jackson, May 2015.

Governor's Mansion, Jackson, Mississippi.
Governor’s Mansion, Jackson, Mississippi.
City Hall, Jackson, Mississippi.
City Hall, Jackson, Mississippi.
The currently very controversial Mississippi flag, pictured here flying over the Old Mississippi State Capitol Building.
The currently very controversial Mississippi flag, pictured here flying over the Old Mississippi State Capitol Building.
Former Bank of Mississippi building in Jackson, MS.
Former Bank of Mississippi building in Jackson, MS.
Mississippi State Capitol, Jackson, MS.
Mississippi State Capitol, Jackson, MS.
Mayflower Cafe, Jackson, Mississippi.
Mayflower Cafe, Jackson, Mississippi.
The Standard Life Building towers above disused stores in downtown Jackson, Mississippi.
The Standard Life Building towers above disused stores in downtown Jackson, Mississippi.
First Baptist Church, Jackson, Mississippi.
First Baptist Church, Jackson, Mississippi.
Porch swing, Jackson, Mississippi.
Porch swing, Jackson, Mississippi.
House in Jackson, Mississippi.
House in Jackson, Mississippi.
Confederate Monument, Jackson, Mississippi.
Confederate Monument, Jackson, Mississippi.
Southern architecture in Jackson, Mississippi.
Southern architecture in Jackson, Mississippi.
The long-disused People's Cafe on Capitol St in Jackson, Mississippi.
The long-disused People’s Cafe on Capitol St in Jackson, Mississippi.
A 13-Year Cicada in the grounds of the Old Mississippi State Capitol, Jackson, Mississippi.
A 13-Year Cicada in the grounds of the Old Mississippi State Capitol, Jackson, Mississippi.
Looking down Capitol St from the Old Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Mississippi.
Looking down Capitol St from the Old Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Mississippi.
Supreme Court of Mississippi in Jackson, MS.
Supreme Court of Mississippi in Jackson, MS.
Buildings including the former Tucker Printing House in downtown Jackson, Mississippi.
Buildings including the former Tucker Printing House in downtown Jackson, Mississippi.
Old Mississippi State Capitol, Jackson, MS.
Old Mississippi State Capitol, Jackson, MS.
Parade of shops in Jackson, Mississippi, dating back to the 1920s. Sadly, every one of them is disused and abandoned.
Parade of shops in Jackson, Mississippi, dating back to the 1920s. Sadly, every one of them is disused and abandoned.
Chimneyville Smokehouse in Jackson, Mississippi.
Chimneyville Smokehouse in Jackson, Mississippi.
Chimneyville Smokehouse in Jackson, Mississippi.
Chimneyville Smokehouse in Jackson, Mississippi.
Amazing pulled pork sandwich at Chimneyville Smokehouse in Jackson, Mississippi.
Amazing pulled pork sandwich at Chimneyville Smokehouse in Jackson, Mississippi.
One more view from outside the long-disused People's Cafe in Jackson, Mississippi, looking towards the Amtrak station, where a coal train can be seen waiting to move off.
One more view from outside the long-disused People’s Cafe in Jackson, Mississippi, looking towards the Amtrak station, where a coal train can be seen waiting to move off.
Final view of Jackson, Mississippi, from the Amtrak station platform.
Final view of Jackson, Mississippi, from the Amtrak station platform.
Sleeper train to Chicago arrives at the Amtrak station in Jackson, Mississippi. Farewell, Mississippi. I hope to return one day.
Sleeper train to Chicago arrives at the Amtrak station in Jackson, Mississippi.
Farewell, Mississippi. I hope to return one day.

All photos © Edmund Standing 2015

Up the Hudson River by train

During my first trip to NYC, I wanted to spend some time outside the city and in New York State. I chose a trip on the Metro-North Hudson Line and certainly wasn’t disappointed.

On boarding the train at the iconic Grand Central Terminal, the passenger is soon transported through the urban landscape of Harlem and the Bronx and, after a mere 11 miles, the line then follows the Hudson River all the way to Poughkeepsie. The 73.5 mile journey takes passengers along the river through Westchester County and on into Putnam and Dutchess counties and the beautiful Hudson Highlands.

After a 1 hour 46 minute journey, the Metro-North train terminates at Poughkeepsie, ‘The Queen City of the Hudson’.

From the station, it is only a short walk to the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. The Walkway is a formerly disused rail bridge which once carried freight trains high over Poughkeepsie and across the Hudson to Highland in Ulster County. The impressive bridge has now had its track removed and been converted into the world’s longest pedestrian bridge, providing a 1.28 mile walk which offers views up and down the Hudson River, as well as the sight of freight trains making their way along the CSX River Subdivision.

Having arrived at the Highland end of the bridge, a short walk down wooded back roads leads to the waterfront and views across to Poughkeepsie, prior to making the journey back.

All photos © Edmund Standing 2014