Tunica, Mississippi

Tunica’s new Gateway to the Blues Visitor Center and Museum provides a dual orientation: Tactically, its associates share directions and recommendations for experiencing Tunica or traveling through; historically, it offers a blues-meets-Tunica museum inside its circa-1895 train depot digs, and honors U.S. Highway 61, the original “blues highway” that ran nearby and inspired artists from David “Honeyboy” Edwards to Charlie Musselwhite. A Mississippi Blues Trail marker on the site details the original route and its ties to the blues. In October 2014, BTB will host a TweetUp here.

Elsewhere in Tunica, eye for Mississippi Blues Trail markers including those dedicated to “Son” House, who performed in the area’s churches and juke joints, and to “Hardface Clanton,” an African-American entrepreneur who brought raw blues and gambling to the area long before Tunica County became the first county on the Mississippi River to legalize gaming.