Behind-the-scenes video exploring abandoned buildings with fine art photographer Keith Dotson
While traveling back to Nashville from a photography trip to the Mississippi Delta, I decided to exit the highway and explore Meridian.
I had seen Meridian’s skyline many times on previous trips to New Orleans, and I’m so glad I finally stopped. The city is a gold mine of historic architecture, some in great condition and still in use, others abandoned, and some even collapsing.
Even though the city of Meridian blew it on these badly repainted vintage ads (below), the city is full of authentically awesome old structures, unretouched ghost signs, crusty vintage signs, and abandoned buildings.
There’s a museum to Jimmie Rodgers, which I didn’t visit because it was closed for a move to the old train depot. The city is also home to the oldest restaurant in the state, which opened in the 1870s, and was once proclaimed as one of the five best restaurants in the South, with the other four being in New Orleans.
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