Welty on Wednesday: Four Blocks To The Trolley

Eudora’s father, Christian Welty, came to Jackson to work as a cashier at the Lamar Life Insurance Company in 1906.  He worked his way to the top becoming president of the company and under his leadership the first skyscraper in Jackson was built.

The Lamar Life Building was completed in 1924…

Lamar Life Building

While the architects were here working on the skyscraper, he commissioned them to design the famliy home on Pinehurst Street.

At the time Pinehurst was still a dirt and gravel road…

The house is four blocks off North State Street, which is where one caught the trolley.

 Mr. Welty said that nobody would walk more than four blocks to catch the trolley…

jackson trolley

In May of 1925 a High School graduation party was held for Eudora in the Camellia Room as the house was being completed.

The side porch overlooks the Camellia Room…

Eudora porch

Today the house is in the middle of a busy hub of colleges, day schools, churches and a bustling neighborhood…

Eudora Welty House

The trolley still runs in Jackson today…

fondren express

but nobody is walking four blocks to catch a ride!

It operates between Belhaven and Fondren during lunchtime and is available for special events.

Transportation has come a long way…

dog, cat

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