Sunset Over the Mighty Mississippi


I was standing in Natchez–Under The Hill, to be exact–when the sky went pastel as the sun set behind the far banks of the Mississippi River. Cross that bridge, and you’ll find yourself in Louisiana. Vidalia.

When my grandmother sliced those famous sweet onions from Georgia, she called them Vidalias, pronouncing it Vi-Dale-Ya. Like Hi-Mail-Ya. But talk to anyone in Vidalia, LA, and you’ll hear them say Veh-doll-ya.

The small town was founded by and named for the Spainard Don Jose Vidal in the late 18th Century.


  1. Tammy Kelly Lawrence

    I live in Natchez and this sunset is just one of many thousands of enchanting sunsets that we have! I am so glad you embraced it with a picture. Love the site!

    May 9, 2010 at 7:57 pm
  2. Tanner

    Thanks, Cheryl. As a Natchezian, you’ll appreciate the story we’ve got out right now on Natchez locals and characters (March ’09 issue and at I’ve also got a post featuring John David Montgomery from the Under the Hill Saloon. I’m working on more blog posts from Natchez. Keep checking.

    March 3, 2009 at 5:42 pm
  3. cheryl wright

    loved seeing that picture of the sunset at natchez-under-the-hill!have several just like it of the same place that my grandfather took. i am from nathez but now live in tennessee & desperately miss my hometown!

    February 23, 2009 at 8:12 am
  4. Matt

    That’s a great sunset. Gorgeous.

    May 15, 2008 at 8:14 am

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