Yazoo City, MS (YAZ)
Located where rolling hills meet fertile delta flatlands, Yazoo City was founded in 1824. It is well-known the world over for its appearances in numerous films.
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2021): 1,835
- Facility Ownership: Amtrak
- Parking Lot Ownership: Canadian National Railway Company (CN) Illinois Central (IC) (A subsidiary of CN)
- Platform Ownership: Canadian National Railway Company (CN) Illinois Central (IC) (A subsidiary of CN)
- Track Ownership: Canadian National Railway Company (CN) Illinois Central (IC) (A subsidiary of CN)
Passengers at Yazoo City use a shelter on the platform. Amtrak began serving Yazoo City and Greenwood in 1995, when the City of New Orleans was rerouted westward between Jackson and Memphis. The community was named by the French explorer Robert La Salle. “Yazoo” is said to be a Native American word meaning “River of Death.” In Yazoo City, rolling hills meet fertile delta flatlands. Yazoo City was founded in 1824 and was originally named Hannan’s Bluff. It was later renamed Manchester, then Yazoo City in 1839. In 1849, Yazoo City became the Yazoo County seat.
During the Civil War, a makeshift shipyard was established on the Yazoo River in Yazoo City after the Confederate loss in New Orleans. The shipyard was destroyed by Union forces in 1863, and shortly after the city fell back into Confederate hands. In 1864, Union forces took Yazoo City and burned the majority of the buildings.
A fire ravaged the city in 1904 when a boy set a house ablaze while playing with matches. Local lore blames the fire on the “Witch of Yazoo,” who was avenging her death. Three fourths of the city was destroyed, but the courthouse and ten antebellum homes were spared.
A train collision that killed Illinois Central Railroad engineer Casey Jones took place in Yazoo County near Vaughan on April 30, 1900. Jones died while trying to stop his passenger train from colliding with a stopped freight train. He was the only fatality of the collision. His heroic effort made him a folk hero, and he is immortalized in a well known ballad by his friend Wallace Saunders.
Yazoo City is mentioned in a wide array of movies. Parts of the Coen Brothers’ film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? were filmed in Yazoo City. The city is referenced in the 1986 movie, Crossroads, and was the setting of the book and film, My Dog Skip. Miss Firecracker, starring Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins, was filmed on location in Yazoo City in the 1980s.
Attractions in Yazoo City include the Oakes African American Cultural Center, the Triangle Cultural Center, Glenwood Cemetery, the B.S. Ricks Memorial Library, and the Confederate Memorial Monument. Comedian Jerry Clower spent much of his life in Yazoo City. Other notable residents include actress Stella Stevens, authors Willie Morris and Zig Ziglar, and blues singers Gatemouth Moore and Jack Owens.
Platform with Shelter
- Quik-Trak kiosks not available
- No ticket sales office
- Amtrak Express shipping not available
- No checked baggage service
- No checked baggage storage
- Bike boxes not available
- No baggage carts
- Ski bags not available
- Bag storage not available
- Shipping boxes not available
- No baggage assistance
- Same-day parking is available; fees may apply
- Overnight parking is available; fees may apply
- Accessible platform
- No restrooms
- No accessible ticket office
- No accessible waiting room
- No accessible water fountain
- Accessible same-day parking is available; fees may apply
- Accessible overnight parking is available; fees may apply
- No high platform
- No wheelchair
- No wheelchair lift