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Walt's Look Around: The Simpson County Heritage Trail

A little before 10 o'clock one recent morning, people began gathering at the front door of the Simpson County Courthouse in Mendenhall for the unveiling and dedication of Simpson County's new Heritage Trail. A little before 10 o'clock one recent morning, people began gathering at the front door of the Simpson County Courthouse in Mendenhall for the unveiling and dedication of Simpson County's new Heritage Trail.
Well, I wanted to see the trail for myself after the dedication, so I got my good friend Kirk Hill in Mendenhall to let me hitch a ride with him in one of his Model T's. Well, I wanted to see the trail for myself after the dedication, so I got my good friend Kirk Hill in Mendenhall to let me hitch a ride with him in one of his Model T's.
We got to see places like D'lo and learn how it got its name. And it really didn't have anything to do with the President of the Finkbine Limber Company saying this place was just too "d" low after a flood of the Strong River. We got to see places like D'lo and learn how it got its name. And it really didn't have anything to do with the President of the Finkbine Limber Company saying this place was just too "d" low after a flood of the Strong River.
SIMPSON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

If you really do like to go looking around somewhere, then you will have an easier time of it in Simpson County from now on, with their new Heritage Trail, marking important historic spots around the area.      

A little before 10 o'clock one recent morning, people began gathering at the front door of the Simpson County Courthouse in Mendenhall for the unveiling and dedication of Simpson County's new Heritage Trail.

Representative Andy Gipson sponsored the legislation creating the Heritage Trails. He says not only do the trails help preserve history for the next generations,  

"But it's also good for economic development," said Gipson. "Because as we showcase our local history and heritage, people around the state and around the country are interested in that." 

You know there are probably very few counties that have more people pass through it on a daily basis than does Simpson County. But that's part of the problems the economic development folks in the county have been trying to address according to Allison Winsted; how to get commuters through the county to become tourists in the county.  

The trail was a great way to get people off 49 Highway and into our local communities," said Winsted. 

Well, I wanted to see the trail for myself after the dedication, so I got my good friend Kirk Hill in Mendenhall to let me hitch a ride with him in one of his Model T's. The open-air truck was perfect. Fast enough to get you everywhere you want to go in a reasonable time yet slow enough so you could see stuff along the way. And let you wave at a bunch of people, too.  

We got to see places like D'lo and learn how it got its name. And it really didn't have anything to do with the President of the Finkbine Limber Company saying this place was just too "d" low after a flood of the Strong River. That's what I had been told.

But it is pretty low. Ask Mayor John Henry Berry about this April's recent floods.

We hit Pinola and found out why it used to be such a big place. And then we went on to Westville and found out why it ISN'T a place anymore. And then on into Magee and discovered a whole town back there away from Highway 49.

And the Boswell Center, once the State Sanatorium where tuberculosis patients were treated 50 years ago. 

And we went through wide-open spaces and down back roads through pine forests. Places we might not have even thought to go except for Simpson County's new Heritage Trail.

GREAT excuse to get out and ride and go looking around.

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