Now you can own – literally – a HUGE piece of the Blues pie
For better or for worse, you read the title correctly.
The legendary crossroads, where 49 and 61 intersect in Clarksdale MS, the spot where (allegedly) Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil, where thousands of blues fans pay their homage each year… is for sale.
After an interesting post was made on this site, I contacted the poster and got all the details before the listing has even been made. It’s a thedeltablues excusive, and you heard it here first.
Read more to learn more about the property, what is included in the sale, what the previous owner had planned out for the property, and even the listing price.
I was contacted today by Molly Phillips after leaving her several messages about what she had posted on this site. I didn’t know (and still don’t) whether to be extremely saddened, or rather excited. Perhaps it was (and is) a bit of both.
The Crossroads is for sale.
I immediately thought “How could Clarksdale, making a good bit of its money on tourism possibly allow this to happen?” Turns out it’s not really up to them. It also turns out that the ENTIRE Crossroads is not for sale. But a huge chunk of the land – and a piece of blues history – definitely is.
Molly informed me that the property for sale sits snugly on the Northeast corner of the legendary Crossroads. The property was intended to be turned into a large park – one that featured Robert Johnson, the blues, and history. It was also to include a large hotel, a brick “blues walk” where fans could even buy bricks, and was all designed by a famous artist. Although the “pie shaped” lot is what is currently up for sale, the plan was to buy the large chunk of land around this lot in order to create the park. That land was never bought – and due to economic issues, the financing has all come crashing down.
Included in the sale, though, is more than just the land. You get the land, all the plans for the park, and more. The park has already been sanctioned by the mayor of Clarksdale, as well as the city. The park itself was designed by Earl Klatzel, and is a beautifully designed park including a blues walk, history, an outdoor stage, and more. But wait – there is more. Once the park was built, the city has agreed to move the famous sign, indicating it as the crossroads, to the tip of the park. This leads me to believe if the land is bought, and the park is built, the sign will become a part of the park, and someone will indeed own a huge chunk of blues history.
All in all, this could be what Clarksdale needs. If the park, and the “old” plan to erect a 5 story hotel on the adjacent property are carried out by the new owner, it could help spawn an even larger tourism draw that the city could definitely use. So it is true – you can now, in a way, own the crossroads. I sure hope whomever buys it has a taste for history, and it still becomes a park, and not a condo complex.
So how much is all of this? How much does it cost to own the land, the mayor and city “ok”, the movement of the sign, the park drawings, etc?
Just a mere $350,000. (that’s no typo)
Contact Molly, the agent selling the property, by clicking here.