Today’s post is the twelfth in our reprint of the 1941 publication Mississippi Tourist Guide, which focused on the many attractions along Mississippi’s newly paved highways. (Check out the Intro if you missed it.)
Beginning at Waynesboro in the eastern part of the state, U.S. 84 passes through what was once one of the world’s great lumbering areas. Predominantly rural in character, this section of the state gives the traveler a genuine picture of a once glorious region. Leaving the pine woods country at Meadville, U.S. 84 enters the romantically interesting plantation lands surrounding the famous town of Natchez. Natchez with its wealth of historic lore and natural beauty is a fitting stopping place for a highway that gives a cross-section picture of some of the state’s most interesting sights.
Collins, Prentiss and Monticello, found in this respective order west of Laurel, are three independent and prosperous farming towns. The reluctance to give up the gracious customs of the past make them an interesting picture of the old South.
Brookhaven, where U.S. 84 junctions with U.S. HIghway 51, has almost outlived its ante-bellum character but still has many quaint and interesting sights for the tourist.
On the way between Brookhaven and Meadville, U.S. 84 passes through Homochitto National Forest, parts of which afford the traveler an interesting insight into the work of the government in preventing soil erosion.
At Meadville is found the beginning of the rich growth of vines and shrubs that characterizes the hills around Natchez.
Natchez is the junction point of U.S. 84 and U.S. 61, better known as “Old Main River Trail.”
More about Highway 84 and other Mississippi highways . . .