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The first day of out trip down the Natchez Trace Parkway was cold and rainy. We stopped several places but because of the rain were unwilling to send too much time outside. The above picture is a portion of the actual trace. There are several places along the parkway where one can drive or walk the trace.
An overlook on the northern part of the parkway.
The Natchez Trace is a historical path that extends roughly 440 miles from Natchez Mississippi to Nashville Tennessee, linking the Cumberland, Tennessee and Mississippi rivers. It was created and used for centuries by Native Americans and was later used by early explorers, traders, and emigrants in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Largely following a geologic ridge line, prehistoric animals followed the dry ground of the Trace to distant grazing lands, the salt licks of today’s central Tennessee and to the Mississippi river. Native Americans used early footpaths created by the foraging bison, deer, and other large game that could break through the dense underground and the case of the Trace, bison traveled north to find salt licks in the Nashville area.
The first recorded European explorer to travel the Trace in its entirety was an unnamed Frenchman in 1742 who wrote of the trail and its miserable conditions. Early European explorers depended on the assistance of Native American guides. These tribes and earlier people collectively known as the Mississippian culture had long used the Trace for trade.
Meriwether Lewis’ monument and grave.
Meriwether Lewis met his death while traveling on the Trace. Then governor of the Louisiana Territory, he was on his way to Washington D.C. from St. Louis. He stopped at Grinder’s Stand for overnight shelter in October 1809. No one knows for sure how he died, some thought he committed suicide and some thought he was murdered.