St. Catherine Creek
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 of heavy rainfall.
Location. 31° 31.374′ N, 91° 22.687′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County.
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.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 30, 2017.