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Filed Under: Mysterious Events > The Crossroads
Personalities > Music > Robert Johnson
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Added On: June 02, 2007 - 10:20 PM UTC
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Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States
 
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It was said that for years the most common question asked by tourists in any blues-based facility in Mississippi was where the location of the infamous "crossroads" where blues-legend Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil was.  As result, the Mississippi State Visitors Bureau finally erected a guitar-laden "Crossroads Monument" here in Clarksdale to mark the spot, as well as to commemorate the literal "crossroads" of the Delta Blues line.  This intersection is the cross point of the major highways that connect the legendary blues towns Clarksdale, Memphis, and Helena.  Now this simple sign has turned into one of the most popular tourist destinations.  There are even reports from locals that they have seen musicians with guitar in hand out by the sign near midnight, presumably awaiting the arrival of devil and ready to make a deal.

The "Old" Crossroads
The roads have changed overtime, so the memorial marks the current spot where the roads now meet.  However, for those interested and/or seeking some sort of deal themselves, the "old" crossroads is on what is today's intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and East Tallahatchie Street.  There is no assurance that the devil will show up here either and even if he did, it is probably advisable not to make any deals.


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Clarksdale & Coahoma County
The official tourism site of Clarksdale, Mississippi. The site has information on the crossroads in town where Robert Johnson was said to make a deal with the devil.
 
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The Crossroads Monument
The Crossroads Monument at the intersection of Highways 61 and 49 in Clarksdale - June 2007.
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Another June 2007 photo of the Crossroads Monument in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
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Intersection of Martin Luther King Dr. and E. Tallahatchie St. (the "old" crossroads) in June 2007
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