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Near Shannon in Lee County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Black Belt

 
 
Black Belt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
1. Black Belt Marker
Inscription. Ages ago this area was under an arm of the ocean. Shells and other marine organisms were deposited to form the limestone seen here.
     Exposure of the limestone to all types of weathering gradually changed it into a heavy fertile soil of various colors. The dominant black soil, which before cultivation was prarie grassland, has given the area the name “Black Belt,” or “Black Prarie”.
     The Black Belt extends south beyond Columbus, Mississippi, then trends eastward across nearly all of Alabama. Formerly one of America’s great cotton areas, it is now considered excellent pasture land for livestock.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
 
Location. 34° 8.983′ N, 88° 49.193′ W. Marker is near Shannon, Mississippi, in Lee County. Marker is on Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 251.9), 0.3 miles north of Pontocola Road (County Road 506), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shannon MS 38868, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chickasaw Council House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Tockshish
Black Belt Overlook on the Natchez Trace Parkway image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
2. Black Belt Overlook on the Natchez Trace Parkway
(approx. 2.3 miles away); Site of Pontotoc Creek Treaty (approx. 5.4 miles away); a different marker also named Site of Pontotoc Creek Treaty (approx. 5˝ miles away); Monroe Mission Station (approx. 6.2 miles away); Battle of Okolona (approx. 6.7 miles away); Hernando de Soto (approx. 8.4 miles away); Pierre D'Artaguiette (approx. 8.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shannon.
 
Also see . . .  Natchez Trace. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on June 29, 2015.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureEnvironment
 
The Black Belt as viewed from Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
3. The Black Belt as viewed from Overlook
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 324 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 29, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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