Along the Mississippi.
Well, here I am in the middle of Huck Finn country. A couple of the photos tell a brief story of the City of Natchez, which was established in the 1700’s adjacent to the mighty Mississippi.
Naturally, I had to take a look at the river before heading out for other touristy things. I was interested in the Natchez Trace Parkway, as my mom had spoken of the Blue Ridge Parkway in her travels, and this was in some ways similar, aesthetically, to the Blue Ridge.
My tour of the Parkway today would only be a brief glimpse into the 444 mile long route that begins in Natchez, and ends just south of Nashville, Tennessee. Obviously, this would be a multi-day journey if one wanted to take in the whole thing. There is a Parkway guide that identifies numerous historical landmarks and other features along the route, to the nearest 1/10th mile. There are also mile markers every mile, so you know pretty much where you are all the time.
Again, I’ll leave the pictures to tell the basic story, but in brief, the trail tells the story of the history of the Natchez, Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians, as well as the progression of the pathway that was utilized by the early settlers. As the brochure indicates, by 1810, the trace had become the most heavily traveled wilderness road in the old southwest.
The trace roadway is two lanes, and the speed limit is 50 mph. The roadbed was allowed to follow the rolling terrain wherever practical, utilizing bridges only to pass over other roadways along the way. Where the landscape permits, the shoulders of the road – in some places 100 feet wide, were planted with a low green ground cover, giving the journey a rather nice park like feeling. There is no commercial activity along the route, only an occasional farm or home.
My day ended with an attempt to get on to the internet so I could catch up on my emails and this website, but the Library was closed and I don’t have any internet connection at the State Park.