Jackson, Mississippi -- U.S. 80 @ Tarry Rd. (Old U.S. 51)
Lee Torrance
  • 90 rooms
  • 20 air conditioned
  • carpeted floors
  • ceiling fans
  • private tile baths
  • telephones
  • beautyrest mattress on every bed

About the tenth Plaza to open, Jackson was an important market to serve. Located midway between the Alamo Plazas in Memphis and New Orleans, it also would fill in the gap between Shreveport and locations yet to be opened further east. Torrance followed the same pattern with it as he had with all of his other locations.

Eventually its surrounding area became blighted--especially after I-55 was opened and U.S. 51 traffic rerouted. The Plaza finally succumbed to the wrecker's ball, and its site was redeveloped. Headed south on U.S. 49 from Yazoo City, motorists were once alerted to Jackson's Alamo Plaza by the now ancient billboard nearly hidden by the encroaching forest.

While on a coast-to-coast cycling adventure in 2002, David Johnsen snapped a couple of quick photos of a ghost sign along U.S. 80 in Louisiana near Ruston that advertised both the Jackson and Dallas Alamo Plazas. Here is a link to the Jackson side of the sign:


Matchbook circa 1940s
Photograph: 2000