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

Tockshish

 
 
Tockshish Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
1. Tockshish Marker
Inscription. Named for a Chickasaw word meaning “tree root,” Tockshish was a community of Indians and white men on the Natchez Trace to the northwest. John McIntosh, British agent to the Choctaws, first settled there before 1770.
     In 1801, McIntosh’s was made the second post office between Nashville and Natchez, and a relay station where post riders exchanged weary horses for fresh ones. The post office is gone; only the name recalls the time when hoof-beats marked the arrival of mail bags that had left Nashville five days before and were due in Natchez seven days later.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
 
Location. 34° 7.482′ N, 88° 50.79′ W. Marker is near Shannon, Mississippi, in Pontotoc County. Marker is on Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 249.6), 2 miles south 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 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chickasaw Council House (approx. 1˝ miles away); Black Belt (approx. 2.3 miles away); Monroe Mission Station
Tockshish Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
2. Tockshish Marker
(approx. 4 miles away); Battle of Okolona (approx. 5.1 miles away); Site of Pontotoc Creek Treaty (approx. 6.1 miles away); a different marker also named Site of Pontotoc Creek Treaty (approx. 6.1 miles away); Hernando de Soto (approx. 6.2 miles away); Owl Creek Mounds (approx. 6˝ 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. CommunicationsNative AmericansRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
Tockshish Turnout on the Natchez Trace Parkway image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
3. Tockshish Turnout on the Natchez Trace Parkway
 
 
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 315 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 29, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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