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Invasive Kudzu Along a Mississippi Highway

This image shows the dramatic growth and detrimental impact of the fast growing invasive species of vine known as Kudzu, as seen in Mississippi along a rural highway.

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The description states:

KUDZU ALONG THE HIGHWAY

An oriental legume, whose runners grow from 20 to 50 feet in a single season, ha been used in Mississippi since 1936 to prevent erosion. In addition, Kudzu’s large, dark green leaves make a picturesque covering for rough road banks and hillsides along Mississippi’s paved highways.

–The positive tone of this postcard, describing Kudzu as a beneficial and positive addition to the ecology of Mississippi, has changed 180 degrees over the decades as Kudzu has proven to be enormously destructive and difficult to control, which is seen even in this photo. The tall ‘bushes’ looking almost like topiary are native trees and bushes that have been smothered and killed by Kudzu.

This postcard likely dates from the 1950s.

Beauvoir Lagoon, Biloxi, Mississippi

This image shows the lagoon formed by construction long after it was owned by Jefferson Davis.

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The description states:

LAGOON AT BEAUVOIR, JEFFERSON DAVIS SHRINE, BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI

…was an oyster bayou before the Gulf Coast Seawall was built and closed if off from the Mississippi Sound.

–The Gulf Coast Seawall was built along much of the Mississippi coastline to stabilize beaches and shorelines from erosion and subsidence.

This card was used and is dated 9 May 1964.

Old Vicksburg Bridge, Vicksburg, Mississippi

This image shows the Old Vicksburg Bridge carrying a local highway and rail line across the Mississippi River at the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

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The description states:

MISSISSIPPI RIVER BRIDGE, VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI

Looking down on one of the many barges daily plying the Mighty Mississippi, the bridge at Vicksburg offers a crossing for both trains and autos.

–The bridge was built in 1930 to carry both autos and trains, but was converted to train operation only in 1998 when a modern highway bridge was built nearby.

The image likely dates from the 1950s.