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Natchez in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Bluff Park and South Broadway Street

Natchez Trails

 
 
Bluff Park and South Broadway Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
1. Bluff Park and South Broadway Street Marker
Inscription. Bontura, built in 1851, was the home of Robert Smith, a free African American who ran the city’s most successful carriage business in the 1850s. The house stands at the head of Silver Street, which leads to Natchez Under-the-Hill. Smith and his drivers met the steamboats and flatboats that provided a steady stream of business in passengers and freight. Smith was one of a small number of free African Americans who were economically successful but lived under restrictions due to race. After Smith’s death in 1858, Joseph Bontura bought the property and carriage business and enlarged the house into an inn for river travelers.

The Henderson Cotton Warehouse is the earliest surviving industrial building in Natchez and was built in 1852 for Thomas Henderson, a planter and cotton merchant. Later enlarged and remodeled, the late 1800s front includes a series of store doors beneath a second story of decorative pressed metal. The side of the building that faces Broadway Street resembles its pre-Civil War appearance.

In 1905, the Mississippi State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) decided to recognize the historic importance of the Natchez Trace by placing historic markers in every Mississippi county along its route. The D.A.R. dedicated the Adams
Bluff Park and South Broadway Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
2. Bluff Park and South Broadway Street Marker
Marker next to the 1909 D.A.R. marker for the Natchez Trace
County marker at a ceremony on the bluff in 1909. This early effort to recognize the historic road was one of several that led to the 1938 creation of the Natchez Trace Parkway as a unit of the National Park Service. Soon after, DAR members (above) gathered in a second ceremony to acknowledge the first funds for the parkway.

The Bridge of Sighs arches over Roth Hill Road, which intersects the Bluff Park and runs from the foot of Main Street to the waterfront below. The bridge took its name from the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, which was named by Lord Byron and later the title of a famous poem by Thomas Hood. Artist and engineer William Marshall Merrick sketched the bridge in 1855 (pictured above), and it appears in historic photographs until about 1920.
 
Location. 31° 33.743′ N, 91° 24.362′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from N. Broadway Street north of Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in Bluff Park next to the 1909 D.A.R. boulder monument. Marker is in this post office area: Natchez MS 39120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Natchez Trace (here, next to this marker); Ealey Brothers (a few steps from this marker);
View to Southwest Towards S. Broadway Street image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
3. View to Southwest Towards S. Broadway Street
Spanish Colonial Natchez (within shouting distance of this marker); Bluff Park - Playground for the City (within shouting distance of this marker); Natchez (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Richard N. Wright (about 400 feet away); Bluff Park - Memorials and Louisiana Connections (about 400 feet away); Commercial Bank Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
 
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Henderson Cotton Warehouse,<br>now Bowie's Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
4. Henderson Cotton Warehouse,
now Bowie's Tavern
Building is directly south of the marker
1909 D.A.R. Marker for The Natchez Trace image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
5. 1909 D.A.R. Marker for The Natchez Trace
Bluff Park and South Broadway Street marker is to the right of the D.A.R. marker
The Bridge of Sighs Today image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
6. The Bridge of Sighs Today
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 14, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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