Natchez TrailsBontura, 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.
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|Date Added||Friday, August 14th, 2015 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15R E 651278 N 3493032|
|Decimal Degrees||31.56238333, -91.40603333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 31° 33.743', W 91° 24.362'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||31° 33' 44.58" N, 91° 24' 21.72" W|
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|Area Code(s)||601, 769|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 100-198 N Broadway St, Natchez MS 39120, US|
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