This morning I am following the pimento cheese truck up Highway 49 to the sprawling metropolis of Tchula, pronounced chew-la for you non-Mississippians, and I am sure all of you are wondering the obvious -- what's there?
The short answer is: nothing. The long answer is: 1.4 square miles of nothing.
As with most tiny Delta towns, Tchula's main industry back in the day would have been cotton. But today, I would imagine that the cotton gin has long been closed. I vaugely remember a sawmill I saw back in the early 80's when we traveled to Tchula for dove hunting, but even then I remember that not much was going on in the town.
On the brighter side, a new Dollar General store is being constructed nearby and that is my destination. Dollar General is a bit of a misnomer because there is very little for sale inside for a buck, except for this monkey. .
His name is Abraham and he keeps me company on these long, lonely trips to small towns that time has forgotten.
So, come on and go with me to Tchula. If Dollar General is willing to build a store in a town of 2300 people, then something must be happening there.
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