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Smithville in Monroe County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Gaines Trace

 
 
Gaines Trace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 24, 2021
1. Gaines Trace Marker
Inscription.  S. 2 mi. from Smithville. Road surveyed in 1807 by E. P. Gaines. Ran from Cotton Gin Port to Tennessee R., providing short route to north from isolated settlements of lower Tombigbee Valley.
 
Erected 1954 by Mississippi Historical Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1807.
 
Location. 34° 4.216′ N, 88° 23.438′ W. Marker is in Smithville, Mississippi, in Monroe County. Marker is on Main Street (Mississippi Route 25) east of Gum Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Smithville MS 38870, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Smithville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rod Brasfield (approx. 0.6 miles away); Chickasaw Cession (approx. 7.4 miles away); Amory, Mississippi: Blues from a Railroad Town (approx. 8.1 miles away); Amory's Tribute to the Heroes of 1861—1865
The view south on MS-25 into Smithville. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 24, 2021
2. The view south on MS-25 into Smithville.
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(approx. 8.2 miles away); Gilmore Sanitarium (approx. 8.2 miles away); Becker Post Office (approx. 8.3 miles away); Mound Cemetery (approx. 9.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smithville.
 
Regarding Gaines Trace. Smithville is one of the older towns in Monroe County. It is located on the Gaines Trace Road which was surveyed by E. P. Gaines in 1807, at the request of President Thomas Jefferson. Gaines Trace was a major route for settlers who migrated from the northeast.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Smithville hit by an EF-5 tornado in 2011.
On April 27, 2011 at 3:47 P.M CDT an EF5 tornado roared up Highway 25 through Smithville, Mississippi, leaving in its wake a swath of destruction a half-mile wide and five miles long. In seconds, this small town, with its rich heritage of faith, family and friendship, was leveled. 16 people were killed, and 40 people were injured. Most of the homes, the town hall, police station, post office, grocery store, four churches, the much prized school and all but one local businesses ceased to exist. Its winds are estimated to have peaked at 205 mph.
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    — Submitted May 25, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 25, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 25, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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