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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.

N. State St., Clarksdale, MS
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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Devil's Crossroads

Worth a quick photo, but the real highlight is grabbing a bite at Abe's BBQ, right by the sign. It has been there since 1924! We had a BBQ bologna sandwich and tamales. Why not have real BBQ? I am from the southwest and was curious what tamales are like in the south, served with crackers (pretty spicy, and good!). My husband loves BBQ bologna, and we can't find it at home.

If I was hungry then, I would have tried more.

[hotrodkitten28, 10/28/2022]

Devil's Crossroads

Devil's Crossroads

The crossroads where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil is marked with three big guitars. Be careful crossing the road, as it is in the middle of the intersection.

[Carolyn Earle, 02/28/2015]

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]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Shack Up InnShack Up Inn, Clarksdale, MS - 3 mi.
SpongeBob SignSpongeBob Sign, Lyon, MS - 5 mi.
Gurley's House and CollectionGurley's House and Collection, Marks, MS - 17 mi.
In the region:
Casey Jones Bell of Doom, Water Valley, MS - 53 mi.

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