Clarksdale, Mississippi: Devil's Crossroads

A trio of electric guitars on a pole marks where legend says that musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil for the ability to play the blues.
Address:
N. State St., Clarksdale, MS
Directions:
At the corner of Hwy 322/N. State St. and Desoto Ave. (Old US Hwy 61 and Old US Hwy 49).
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Crossroads sign. Devil's Crossroads

This is "The Crossroads," the location where the legend says blues musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil for the ability to play a mean guitar. The Crossroads has continued to gain popularity in music ("Highway 61," "Crossroads," "Cross Road Blues," "Highway 49," etc) and in movies ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Crossroads," etc.).

Located at the corner of Highway 61 ("The Blues Highway") and Highway 49 in Clarksdale, MS, this is a definite photo stop for any follower of the blues, or rock & roll, for that matter. Some contend that the true crossroads is located at the intersection of Highways 8 and 1 in nearby Rosedale, but since it's nearby, go take a picture there too!

And in Clarksdale, adjacent to the Delta Blues Museum, is the Ground Zero Blues Club, a former cotton-grading warehouse from the early 1900's. Co-owned by Morgan Freeman, you can hear some great live Delta blues and chow down on some great southern grub, all in a venue considered to be one of the top 100 bars and nightclubs in America.

[Dale Divers, 09/11/2010]

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