National Geographic : 1968 Nov
The Natchez Trace FROM PATH TO PARKWAY INKING YESTERDAY AND TODAY, the Natchez Trace Parkway follows L the route of pioneers and traders. From mansion-bedecked Natchez, the road leads to Emerald Mound, ceremonial site of Mississippi Valley aborigines. At Mount Locust, travelers slept three in a bed, luxury in comparison to Indian stands. Of those, often mere lean-tos, a wayfarer wrote in 1815, "Camping out is far better." All along the way, picnic sites, campgrounds, and nature trails pro vide glimpses of flourishing wildlife that seeks sanctuary in the protect- Memphis ed areas. The academy at French Camp stands near the site of a one time mission school for Indian children. An unfinished section of the parkway stretches from Tupelo to within ten miles of Colbert Park, named for George Colbert, a frontier entrepreneur.The next completed Arkabta Hernand section ends near Meriwether Lewis Park, where the famed western Reser'o explorer died, many believe by Hol his own hand. From here, the / Sprin adventurous can thread back- MISSOURI KENTUCKY country roads along the route of the old Trace to Nashville, and experience a sense of fron tier travel. Centennial Park in ARKANSAS ardis Nashville marks the end of the * Lake Trace. But history-lovers will continue to the Hermitage, An drew Jackson's home. Historicsite 0. Visitor center \ tgomery Campground A Picnicarea A Natche Old Trace LUSAAFOIA Natciez Trace Parkway Completed Planned Now Or rn ake Calho Grenada . City PAINTEDBYWILLIAMH. BOND COMPILAIDBY GEORGEW. BEATTY10 ' Q GEOGRAPI ARTDIVISION tlo i,1 C NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIICSOCIETYSAt. lES5 OSS STATUTEMILES SI Nq Pigeon-Roost Marker ° FLATBOATMENfloated down the Missssippi River to Natchez and New Orleans where Yowani Jeff Busby they sold their boats and cargoes, then AS French Camp. Park hiked home along the Trace. N/ °Cole Creek ~Nature Area "IIao Kosciusko * *"he *Yazoo City 1Holy Hill-- ANDREW1JACKSON and his soldiers camped on the site ooSite of Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek 0A of Kosciusko's court square MOUNT LOCUST STAND, sole Beer a durinth war of 82. On survivor of more than so oggera wogvhi earlyrs9thacet in the routeven " Ofahoma horses to the sick, earned~ffe .2; shgeaollne h rue Vicksburg Nat. Canton A iver Bend sobriqe t, Old Hckory. Trc rvlrs. Rstoe iny Mioutar Park Sa Philadelphia' 16bythe National Park Vcsurg Nature Area Sre, Moun Locust looks D R0ss Barnett. tdyaitdd i 120 Rocky Spins Reservoir a~ ~~~ ~~~~Pr t ak rtsoeJcsoo~a osaco Bou Pi Arde Brandon Brinsburg OMagnum Mound 2i;s s JACKSON preserve s the hs Rodny. Port Gibson ,E tory of the Natchez Trace in ColesCree A Lrmanmuseum exhibits displayed Meridian Mbitocuste 0ra in the old Mississippi State ' MASSIVE EMERALD MOUND, built by a vanished Capitol, now restored. Emerald Mound e , Fayette Indian culture, spreads over almost eight acres. Washington SNatchez V~ ~~ p~ ~ _=--=~ ~ :V~ ~~~~T L~'