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yatesdog38
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Member since Sep 2013
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Malfunction Junction
Dear dog fans. It has come to my attention that none of the younger generation knows anything about the cluster F that is now premier tailgating. I don't know the prior history for malfunction junction pre 1998 but there is a whole generation that has no idea of the intersection. Educate your kids. We need to let the younguns how far we have come and one of the reasons the Junction is what it is. Can someone educate me before the intersection. Is there a history of why it was the "junction" before it became Malfunction before the intersection cluster F. The redesign of it was IMO one of the greatest changes on campus. BTW crosstown brewery in Memphis will be making the double IPA again in the spring.


The Winner
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Member since Nov 2016
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re: Malfunction Junction
From what I understand before it was a road intersection, it was a major train junction so that's what the original junction is. I believe there are still some railroad tracks you can see in the junction.

Mississippi State's campus is really unrecognizable rn and it's become a major university that isn't turning back.


MaroonNation
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StarkVegas, Mississippi, Bitch!
Member since Nov 2010
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re: Malfunction Junction
These two pics sum up how it got it’s name.





Godawgs4
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About 7 streets came together where the Junction is today. From the University’s founding in 1878 until about 1970, the rail line from Artesia to Starkvegas came through campus. For a number of years you could still see the rail bed. To the east it passed along where the present Allen Hall is located. If you go out S of campus to Artesia Road, you can see where the tracks crossed Artesia Road. Also, when I was a youngster, you could still see where they crossed US Highway 45 at Artesia. Going west from MJ, it paralleled University Drive for a short distance and then paralleled the current Russell Drive (the old Depot is located on Russell Drive). A bit farther up, the tracks joined the still existing KCS RR that come through town from West Point to Ackerman.

After the railroad abandoned the tracks, Malfunction Junction really got its infamous moniker. The streets were just a jumbled mess of asphalt. When the University eliminated some of these streets and created the Junction (the Green Space just S of the Stadium and the amphitheater just to the W) is was a stroke of genius.

I have LSU friends who have said the Junction far beats anything that they have in BR. When they said that, I knew we had something special. As a side note, I have been to BR and the Junction does beat anything they have at Tiger Stadium.

So my memories of Malfunction Junction are generally negative. It was a terrible mess most of the time. The current set up is better than a night and day difference.


Cdawg
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re: Malfunction Junction
It was a mess when I was there. The rail bed ran next to Montgomery hall down by Lloyd Ricks by the stadium like you said. I think there is a parking lot now over the old rail bed. I'm surprised they didn't try to integrate the old track layout or acknowledge it in some faction through there.


MsState of mind
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Member since Aug 2013
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re: Malfunction Junction
They made the junction halfway through my stay at MSU. I almost forget about it now as well. That thing was a disaster.


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Godawgs4
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I think the name “The Junction “ was a nod to the Railroad history. Technically, the railroad just passed through campus and the railroad junction was in downtown Starkvegas. In the early days, there was a platform/station on campus and in town as well.

Aesthetically, Malfunction Junction was horrible. Another thing the University did screw up was locating the Library in its present location and then expanding it years ago. When they did that it blocked the view of the twin towers (Industrial Engineering Building) when you came over the hill on highway 12 from the west. It was an iconic view and they totally screwed it up when they blocked them from view. Those twin towers were part of the identity of campus and now most people don’t even know they are there.

But back to Malfunction Junction, on normal days it was horrible. On a football Saturday, it was total gridlock. This was back when the stadium only sat 32K. So as was already mentioned, in the early 2000’s, when the decision was made to do a makeover on that area, it was a good one and they got it right.
We are still reaping the benefits today.


The Winner
Mississippi St. Fan
Member since Nov 2016
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re: Malfunction Junction
I agree the IE building is one of my favorites on campus. On one hand I'm disappointed that not everyone gets to see it. On the other hand, it's a hidden gem for people like us to enjoy.


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Allyn McKeen
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New York, NY
Member since Jun 2012
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re: Malfunction Junction
When I showed up for grad school in the early 80's, they were asking for ideas on how to solve the junction. I submitted a traffic circle similar to the ones used all over the UK. I was told that people from MS would kill each other in a traffic circle. Now days, they seem to be fairly common in a number of places across the state.


Diamondawg
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Mississippi
Member since Oct 2006
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re: Malfunction Junction
quote:

When I showed up for grad school in the early 80's, they were asking for ideas on how to solve the junction. I submitted a traffic circle similar to the ones used all over the UK. I was told that people from MS would kill each other in a traffic circle. Now days, they seem to be fairly common in a number of places across the state.


Remember Chevy Chase getting caught in the Round About in Lampoon's European Vacation? LINK


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MNW
Mississippi St. Fan
Starkville, MS
Member since Mar 2015
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re: Malfunction Junction
Somebody could make a mint selling replica "Don't Never Ever Enter" signs


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MNW
Mississippi St. Fan
Starkville, MS
Member since Mar 2015
1091 posts

re: Malfunction Junction
quote:

When I showed up for grad school in the early 80's, they were asking for ideas on how to solve the junction. I submitted a traffic circle similar to the ones used all over the UK. I was told that people from MS would kill each other in a traffic circle. Now days, they seem to be fairly common in a number of places across the state.



Columbus is actually in the process of building three traffic circles, one on the west side of downtown on 182, and two at the Military Rd/ Hwy 82 interchange.


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