Percy Quin State Park is just south of McComb, Mississippi off I-55 and 1.5 hours north of New Orleans, Louisiana. Named after Percy Quin, a former U.S. Representative from Mississippi, the park is home to Lake Tangipahoa and the 6,700 yard Quail Hollow Golf Course. The lake is closed for major Dam repairs following Hurricane Isaac's heavy rain in August 2012. The park's golf course, hiking and biking trails, cabins, playgrounds and most camping sites remain open. Primitive camp sites on the on the west side of the dam are closed until repairs are completed.
Knowing that the approaching New Orleans, Jackson, and Great Northern Railroad would need a station for water and fuel, plantation owner Ansel H. Prewett founded Magnolia, Mississippi in 1856. Magnolia grew rapidly in the 1860s, and in the late 19th century Magnolia served as a popular small-town resort for wealthy New Orleanians who took trains north from the city to enjoy Magnolia's fresh air and sparkling creeks. At one time early Magnolia boasted an opera house, skating rink and several hotels that catered largely to these tourists.
Produced by Jim Albritton | Two hundred sunset photos in two minutes. Most were shot at Fannin Landing in Brandon, Mississippi, but several from New Orleans and Vicksburg and Biloxi, Mississippi are included.
Produced by Jim Albritton | Canton, the "City of Lights," comes alive each holiday season with attractions and events for young and old alike centered around the central Mississippi town's historic Courthouse Square. The square has been a film location for many movies, including "A Time to Kill," "My Dog Skip," and "O Brother Where Art Thou." During the holiday season, it's decked out in more than 200,000 lights.
Produced by Jim Albritton | See the Louisiana swamps and marshland up close aboard Amtrak's "City of New Orleans." Set to Arlo Guthrie's iconic song, this video chronicles the train's journey from McComb, Mississippi to New Orleans and back.
Produced by Jim Albritton | A quick look at Christmas in New Orleans, from the decorated trees of the Roosevelt Hotel to the live music in the French Quarter.
Produced by Jim Albritton | More than 1,000 people laced up their running shoes and broke out their jingle bells to support Mississippi's only children's cancer center at Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson.
Produced by Jim Albritton | McComb, Mississippi was founded in 1872 after Col. Henry S. McComb of the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railroad, a predecessor of the Illinois Central Railroad (now part of the Canadian National Railway), decided to move the railroad's maintenance shops away from New Orleans and the negative influence of the city's saloons. The railroad purchased land in Pike County, and three nearby communities, Elizabeth town, Burglund, and Harveytown, agreed to consolidate. In the new town, almost every family was involved with the railroad in some way. In the 1980s, the shop whistle blew for the last time. Today, 14 trains, ferrying passengers or freight between New Orleans and Chicago, pass through the city daily and the McComb Railroad Museum in downtown serves as a constant reminder of the city's historic role in the development of one of America's great railroads.