Near Shannon in Lee County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Exposure of the limestone to all types of weathering gradually changed it into a heavy fertile soil of various colors. The dominant black soil, which before cultivation was prarie grassland, has given the area the name “Black Belt,” or “Black Prarie”.
The Black Belt extends south beyond Columbus, Mississippi, then trends eastward across nearly all of Alabama. Formerly one of America’s great cotton areas, it is now considered excellent pasture land for livestock.
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
Location. 34° 8.983′ N, 88° 49.193′ W. Marker is near Shannon, Mississippi, in Lee County. Marker is on Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 251.9), 0.3 miles north of Pontocola Road (County Road 506), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shannon MS 38868, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chickasaw Council House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Tockshish Monroe Mission Station (approx. 6.2 miles away); Hernando de Soto (approx. 8.4 miles away); Battle of Tupelo (approx. 8.7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Tupelo (approx. 8.7 miles away); Owl Creek Mounds (approx. 8.8 miles away); Archaeology Determines the Age of Owl Creek Mounds (approx. 8.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Shannon.
Also see . . . Natchez Trace. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on June 29, 2015.)
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