There is no Gold Coast update this weekend as the newspapers were fairly quiet about the notorious Mecca of bootleggers in the first few months of 1949. However, I did come across this old Jackson Daily News headline about the nightclub fire in Natchez that killed 212 people and injured nearly 100 others. The microfiche copies are much easier to read as their quality improves in 1940 for some reason. Click on each image to enlarge to a readable view. It is still the second deadliest nightclub fire in American history.
A Google search revealed a plethora of information about this horrible tragedy. Bryan Burch directed and produced a documentary about the fire several years ago. Here is the trailer:
The dvd version became available for sale earlier this year.
Here are some links to websites that are dedicated to the fire:
Mississippi Blues Trail marker.
Daily Commercial story about documentary.
America's Forgotten Fire.
Amazon link to book about fire: A Pale Horse was Death.
One movie about the fire was touted to be in production. Here is the trailer:
Kingfish note: It has been 75 years since the fire and apparently no media in Mississippi remembered it so all of those who whine about posting historical stuff on this website can go away.