Searching for the Old Federal Road - De Soto NF - MS - PIT Blog - Passport in Time

Go to content

Main menu:

Searching for the Old Federal Road - De Soto NF - MS

Published by in Announcement ·
Tags: ProjectPosting
Dscn2028.jpg by Rob Reams, US Forest Service
Please join us on the De Soto National Forest for the surveying of a small section of the Old Federal Road! According to historic maps and other documentation, the Old Federal Road crossed a portion of Black Creek (a major drainage bisecting the De Soto NF) near recently acquired land. At the creek crossing, a Mr. Jospeh Mims operated a ferry in the early 1800s. The Old Federal Road was one of the original roads connecting civilization to the newly purchased land of Louisiana and the bustling town of New Orleans. The road, built in 1806, was utilized by the military especially for the movement of troops during the later stages of the War of 1812 and the battle of New Orleans in 1815. We'll be working on a wooded strip of Forest Service land, and we'll be walking through the thick woods, not on permanent trails. The way to the area involves walking a long distance through the woods, and supplies and equipment will have to be packed in, but it will all be worth it! If you're able to laugh, walk, have fun, and listen to boring history lessons by the archaeologist, then this project is for you - we hope to see you this spring for another unique, De Soto NF PIT opportunity!

Back to content | Back to main menu