Near Belmont in Tishomingo County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Jamie L. Whitten Historic Landmark
His vision helped make possible this historic landmark, the intersection of two great avenues of transportation—one past, one present, and both for the future.
Jamie Whitten was responsible for reviving the Trace project and instrumental in securing continuous appropriations for construction of the parkway as a memorial to the original Old Trace. The Old Trace, or trail, was the path through the Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Cherokee Nations between Natchez and Nashville. After floating their trade goods to Natchez, thousands of Boatmen would walk home over the Natchez Trace. After 1820, when steampower made upriver travel easier, many portions of the Natchez Trace were abandoned.
Transport of trade goods on our nation’s rivers continues today. Jamie Whitten led the House of Representatives in providing funds for the construction of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway project. Due largely to his unceasing support and energy, this waterway now joins two of the busiest navigation systems in the country and provides a more direct and economical water route between much of America’s heartland and the Gulf of
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
Location. 34° 30.339′ N, 88° 19.435′ W. Marker is near Belmont, Mississippi, in Tishomingo County. Marker can be reached from Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 293.2), 0.3 miles west of John Rankin Highway (County Road 1). Touch for map. Marker is located 500 feet west of the parking lot for the Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway turnoff from the Natchez Trace Parkway. Marker is in this post office area: Dennis MS 38838, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway (here, next to this marker); River, Canal and Cut (here, next to this marker); Pharr Mounds (approx. 6 miles away); Mac McAnally (approx. 6½ miles away); Donivan Slough (approx. 9.2 miles away); a different marker also named Donivan Slough (approx. 9.2 miles away); Natchez Trace (approx. 10½ miles away); Red Bay Depot & Hotel (approx. 11.1 miles away in Alabama). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belmont.
Also see . . .
1. Natchez Trace. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on June 26, 2015.)
2. Jamie Whitten, Who Served 53 Years in House, Dies at 85. Obituary from the New York Times. (Submitted on June 26, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 233 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 26, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.