Welcome to a new series of "Small Town Travel Examiner." In this series we will explore the scenic highways and byways of the United States. We will visit the small towns, talk with their people, and find out how and why these places were such an important part of our history. There will be photos, slideshows and videos of people, places and things that we meet in these travels.
Our first segment in this new series will follow the Natchez Trace Parkway from its southern terminus to its northern point, so fell free to climb aboard the "Examiner Express" as we begin our journey.
The National Park Service describes the Natchez Trace as follows: "Started in the late 1930s, the modern Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444 mile-long, scenic road that generally follows the path of the Old Natchez Trace from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. The parkway is a federal park maintained by the National Park Service.
The Old Natchez Trace dates back to the early 1700s when sections were Indian footpaths and animal trails. In the late 1700s through the early 1820s traders from the Middle Tennessee and Kentucky areas ("Kaintuck Boatmen") floated their goods down the Cumberland, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to Natchez and then walked or rode horses up the Trace to return home.
Today, traveling on the Trace can easily be done with a car, truck, RV or motorcycle. Those looking for a more strenuous mode of transportation can pedal a bicycle. Commercial traffic is prohibited."
Be sure to watch the video in this article and view the slideshow.
Join us next time as we begin the journey north from Natchez, Miss. to Nashville, Tenn.. Please click on the subscribe link by this writer's photo at the top of this page to receive free publications of these article. Also, please share it with your friends on facebook.