Cooped up in Meridian, Mississippi is one of Country music's most historic landmarks, the Jimmie Rodgers Museum. It preserves things near and dear to Jimmie like his faithful traveling suitcase, letters to his family, and one of the world's most valuable guitars-- his original Martin valued over $1 million. Jimmie's name is inscribed on the neck with mother of pearl and on the back, the famous "THANKS" he flashed to his audience after a performance. Thanks to the devoted care of Betty Lou and the owners of the museum, the story of the world’s beloved singing brakeman lives on right where it belongs, his birthplace.
Here's a video of Rodgers in performance, and see the gallery at the bottom of the page for images from the museum.