|The Jewell Campbell Building|
From the C.W. Witbeck Collection at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
The date is recorded as March 19, 1951.
|The building today. Photo courtesy of Marti Parker. For years it was the home of MP&L. Today is it houses Center Point Entergy.|
UPDATE: This building is located on South Railroad Avenue and was originally home to the town's first Coca-Cola Bottling Company. (Jewell Campbell, a builder and developer and owner of Dixie Lumber Co., served as Mayor of Brookhaven from 1949 to 1953.)
I learned of the building's original use when I happened to be flipping through Durr Walker's history book on Lincoln County when I noticed a photograph on page 78, depicting the Ulmer Company in the same location with the same sign on the building front as shown in the second photo here.
Next to Ulmer Company is a mule-drawn wagon loaded with Coca-Cola cases, standing in front of a transom-windowed building with Coca Cola signs and logos covering much of the front upper facade. The caption identifies it as the town's first Coca Cola bottling plant. The photo was taken in the 1940s, and the wagon was being used because of gas-rationing during WWII.
Below is a rather poor photograph I took of a picture hanging in the rear room of the Iron Horse restaurant, run by Gregg Woodcox. It is labeled circa 1920.