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Near Mathiston in Choctaw County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Old Natchez Trace

 
 
The Old Natchez Trace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 5, 2015
1. The Old Natchez Trace Marker
Inscription. In the early 1800's many thoughtful Americans believed that isolation and the difficulties of communication would force the Mississippi Valley settlements to form a separate nation. Hoping to hold the frontier, Congress in 1800 established a post route from Nashville to Natchez.
     The Trace, then a series of Indian trails, had drawn from the Secretary of State the bitter comment, “The passage of mail from Natchez is as tedious as from Europe when westerly winds prevail.” To speed the mail, President Jefferson ordered the Army to clear out the trail and make it a road.
     Post riders, carrying letters, dispatches, and newspapers, helped bind the vast, turbulent frontier to the Republic. However their day passed by the mid-1830's when steamboats, running from New Orleans to Pittsburgh, robbed the Trace of its usefulness as a main post road.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
 
Location. 33° 28.514′ N, 89° 12.309′ W. Marker is near Mathiston, Mississippi, in Choctaw County. Marker is on Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 198.6), 3.1 miles north of Mississippi Highway 9, on the right when traveling
Marker Next to Remnant of the Old Trace image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 5, 2015
2. Marker Next to Remnant of the Old Trace
north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ackerman MS 39735, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pigeon Roost (approx. 4.9 miles away); The Great Eastern Hardwood Forest (approx. 5.4 miles away); Jeff Busby Park (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Natchez Trace Parkway (approx. 5.7 miles away); Eupora (approx. 5.8 miles away); Natchez Trace at Mathiston (approx. 6.2 miles away); Ackerman (approx. 11½ miles away); Two Steps From The Blues (approx. 11.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mathiston.
 
Also see . . .  Natchez Trace Parkway. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 21, 2015.) 
 
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View to Northeast From Natchez Trace Parkway image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 5, 2015
3. View to Northeast From Natchez Trace Parkway
Marker is on right (east) side of parkway
Remnant of Old Trace near Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 5, 2015
4. Remnant of Old Trace near Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 21, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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