The Old Natchez Trace

The Old Natchez Trace (HM1N46)

Location: Eupora, MS 39744 Choctaw County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 28.514', W 89° 12.309'

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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.
HM NumberHM1N46
Series This marker is part of the Natchez Trace series
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 1:06pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 295095 N 3706148
Decimal Degrees33.47523333, -89.20515000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 28.514', W 89° 12.309'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 28' 30.84" N, 89° 12' 18.54" W
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Area Code(s)662
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Natchez Trace Pkwy, Eupora MS 39744, US
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