April 9, 2015

Poverty Point, Natchez Trace


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Visitor Center at the Vicksburg Bridges

A state welcome center is located next to the Interstate 20 crossing of the Mississippi River at Vicksburg.

Vicksburg, Mississippi

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Navy Circle viewpoint at the Vicksburg bridges

Naval artillery based here commanded the Mississipi River during the Civil War, effectively cutting the Confederacy in half. Note the narrow roadway next to the railroad tracks, used by highway 80 until construction of the second bridge. It had signals to make it one-way when used by trucks.

Vicksburg, Mississippi

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Navy Circle at Vicksburg

View of the Mississippi River Bridges at Vicksburg, and a steamboat-shaped casino on the riverfront.

Vicksburg, Mississippi

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A model of the mounds at Poverty Point

A scale model of the mound system at Poverty Point is a good introduction before actually visiting the mounds.

Poverty Point National Mounument and Louisiana State Park, Louisiana

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Mound A rises 70 feet above the surrounding area

This is the beginning of the trail to the top of Mound A. I will never forget this spot - I stepped in a fire ant nest while taking the photos.

Poverty Point National Mounument and Louisiana State Park, Louisiana

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A boardwalk leads to the 70 foot high summit of Mound A at Poverty Point

It is an amazing thought, that people carried the earth to build these mounds up here in baskets on their backs. The mound is thought to have been constructed in less than three months.

Poverty Point National Mounument and Louisiana State Park, Louisiana

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Summit of Mound A, the Bird Mound, at Poverty Point

This mound is T-shaped, hence its alternate name of Bird Mound. It consists of 238,000 cubic meters of fill, the second largest earthen mound known.

Poverty Point National Mounument and Louisiana State Park, Louisiana

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Circumferential mounds are hard to spot

The six concentric rings of mounds are low and were hard to discern in the flat light when I was there. The exception was in this open forested area where the low places between the linear mounds were shallowly flooded.

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First Presbyterian Church in Port Gibson

This church, dating from 1860, is famous for the "Hand Pointing to Heaven" atop its steeple.

Port Gibson, Mississippi

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Antebellum houses in Port Gibson

For a small and relatively poor town, the number of fine houses in Port Gibson is impressive.

Port Gibson, Mississippi

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Natchez Trace Parkway, a beautiful green route with little traffic

Natchez Parkway scenery varies very little, just green mown verges and walls of forest on each side, mile after mile.

Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

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Columns at Windsor Plantation.

Columns at ruined Windsor Plantation.

Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

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One of the greatest antebellum plantation houses

Windsor mansion was completed in 1861 but burned to the ground in 1890. The 40-foot columns are made of stuccoed brick with cast-iron capitals.

Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

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Columns at Windsor Plantation.

Columns at ruined Windsor Plantation.

Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

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Twenty three columns are all that remain of Windsor Plantation

The evocative ruins of Windsor Plantation, a few miles west of the Natchez Trace Parkway, are one of Mississippi's most photographed sights.

Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

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Emerald Mound is a prehistoric ceremonial site

At Emerald Mound Native Americans of the Mound Builder period flattened a natural hilltop and carried earth to make a steep conical hill at one end.

Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

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On top of the Emerald Mound

The artificial summit cone of Emerald Mound looks down on a large flat hilltop that must have been perfect for mass gatherings.

Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

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Natchez Trace worn down into the soft loess

Through decades of traffic the Natchez Trace between Vicksburg and Natchez was in many places worn down into a trench up to twenty feet deep. This stretch of the route is on a ridge of loess, wind-deposited glacial dust, that erodes easily and forms near-vertical slopes.

Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

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