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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Natchez in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)

St. Catherine Creek

St. Catherine Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
May 27, 2017
1. St. Catherine Creek Marker
Inscription.  In the early 1700's, French colonists established a plantation called the "St. Catherine Concession" on this creek about two miles upstream from the Grand Village. The name was applied to the creek during the French colonial period in the Natchez area.

For the Natchez Indians, St, Catherine Creek supplied water for drinking and bathing. Gravel and early clay deposits provided materials for tool-making and pottery.The stream was also used for transportation in small, wooden dugout canoes.

When the Natchez Indians knew the creek, it flowed into the Mississippi River almost 10 miles south of its present outlet. In the late 1800's, landowners downstream from the Grand Village excavated a new channel to divert the creek away from the plantations and into the Mississippi River just south of Natchez. This drastic change in the stream's rate of descent to the level of the Mississippi River quickly led to serious erosion problems upstream from the new channel. The creek's accelerated flow caused it to cut deeply into its bed; subsequent caving along its banks widened the channel. Today St. Catherine Creek continues to erode its bed during periods

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of heavy rainfall.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels.
Location. 31° 31.374′ N, 91° 22.687′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Jeff Davis Boulevard near South Temple Road. Located inside the Grand Village of the Natchez. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Jeff Davis Boulevard, Natchez MS 39120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Use of Ceremonial Mounds (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Conflict with the French (about 600 feet away); Native Structures (about 600 feet away); Historic Plaza (about 600 feet away); Three Archaeological Excavations (about 600 feet away); Road to Fort Rosalie (about 700 feet away); Historical Archaeology - the Chief's House and Temple (about 700 feet away); Abandoned Mound (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
More about this marker. Located inside the Grand Village of the Natchez. Free to enter.
Also see . . .  Official Grand Village of Natchez site. (Submitted on July 30, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.)
St. Catherine Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, May 27, 2017
2. St. Catherine Creek Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 511 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 30, 2017.

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