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Near Kirkville in Itawamba County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Donivan Slough

Natchez Trace Parkway

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, April 7, 2010
1. Donivan Slough Marker
Inscription. Named after an early setter, Donivan Slough is fed by water runoff from the field in front of you. Although water levels fluctuate seasonally at this site, it remains wet year round. This moist environment allows unique growing opportunities for water~loving plants. Watch for the expanded bases and "knees" of the bald cypress and water tupelo soaking in the water. In the spring, admire the beauty of wildflowers that depend upon the dampness of the slough.

The slough is like a huge sponge. Because plants here do not need to use as much energy to acquire water and nutrients, they are more productive—putting on more leaves and fruit. Notice how lush this forest area is. Abundant water and little disturbance has allowed the trees to grow large with time. Enjoy the pleasant walk as you observe the rich understory of plentiful shrubs and distinct wildflowers.

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Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)
False Solomon's Seal (Smilacina racemosa)
Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum)
Red Trillium (Trillium sesslie)
 
Erected by Natchez Trace Parkway, 
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
 
Location.
Donivan Slough Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, April 7, 2010
2. Donivan Slough Marker
34° 27.718′ N, 88° 28.628′ W. Marker is near Kirkville, Mississippi, in Itawamba County. Marker is on Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 283.3), one mile east of State Highway 371, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marietta MS 38856, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Donivan Slough (a few steps from this marker); Pharr Mounds (approx. 3.3 miles away); Twentymile Bottom (approx. 4.7 miles away); Dogwood Valley (approx. 7.7 miles away); Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway (approx. 9.2 miles away); Jamie L. Whitten Historic Landmark (approx. 9.2 miles away); River, Canal and Cut (approx. 9.2 miles away); Interpretive Sites (approx. 10.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Natchez Trace Parkway. National Park Servcie (Submitted on August 21, 2017.) 
 
Categories. EnvironmentHorticulture & ForestrySettlements & Settlers
 
Donivan Slough Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, April 7, 2010
3. Donivan Slough Marker
Donivan Slough image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, April 7, 2010
4. Donivan Slough
SLOUGHS, or "SLUES" are usually small marshy depressions surrounded by dry land. Two separate branches of DONIVAN SLOUGH drain a field beyond the trees in front of you, and join just before flowing under the parkway behind you. DONIVAN was an early settler near the Tombigee River, six miles south of here.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 146 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 20, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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