|Mississippi Highways, Byways, and Railroads
|CASTALIAN SPRINGS HOTEL - 3 miles west of Durant (junction of Hwy 51 and Hwy 12),
near the pioneer town site of Lockhart, was built before the War Between the States.
Newspaper ads proclaimed it to be a popular vacation spot for Delta planters and town
dwellers to escape the heat and dust of summer months. It was reported that the waters from
the spring were effective in treating malaria and other ailments. It was commandeered as a
hospital for wounded troops during the war years of 1862 to 1865. The first hotel was
destroyed by fire in the 1880's and rebuilt and operated by Col. D. A. Outlaw. The historic spa
has been used as a girls' school and as a YMCA campground.
|Front Street along the ICRR in Durant in the horse and buggy days
|DURANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - This snapshot of the church was taken
when the manse was still standing behind it. The handwritten note says "first
service, June 5, 1921", which is the completion date of this building. Location -
corner of Mulberry Street and Highway 51.
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