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Near the intersection of old Highway 61 and Highway 49, a signpost topped by three large blue guitars commemorates the rural crossroads where, according to legend, a mediocre Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil for the musical talent that would bring him fame, fortune, and immortality.
Just as the four-laned Highway 61 has made it safer and more convenient for insider outsiders to travel where once only a broken-down two-lane road would take them, places like the Delta Blues Museum and events like the annual Juke Joint Festival have provided cover for tourists from across the nation and the globe.
On Friday, September 23, 1988, I drove nearly fifty miles west down Highway 82, then turned south on Highway 61 and followed it for another hundred, a trip that took more than three hours.
When he finally turned south onto Highway 61, he saw that although the sky above Lake Superior was clear, the brightness of the moon and stars was drastically cut by the high smoke from all the fires.
Harris is struggling to keep the river off Highway 61, the main road into the Port of Vicksburg.
The property is about 150 feet above Lake Superior along both sides of Highway 61.
Read More Minnesota News More than trains and boat trailers rolled along Highway 61 and into White Bear Lake Friday.
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