Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Roses Bluff Park

Long before there was a Barnett Reservoir people came to the area to enjoy the Pearl River at Roses Bluff Park.  It was a popular spot for boaters, swimmers and picnics, access was easy as it was right off the Natchez Trace.

Never saw it?  Then you won't, it's now under The Rez - flooded when the lake filled back in the early 60's.

One of the construction challenges faced by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District was that 6 miles of the Natchez Trace had to be rerouted - the new reservoir would cover the scenic road and park.

A topo map with 1960 data shows the old path of the trace, we've marked up the map to point out the location of the park and areas as they exist today.

Copy of marked up map HERE.
Copy of unmarked map HERE.

Vintage photos of the park taken in the early 1960's.

Click photos to enlarge.  For best viewing click the Hi-Res version under each picture.

Roses Bluff Park
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Roses Bluff Park Looking North
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Roses Bluff Park Looking South
Tree covered point along top of pic is current Roses Bluff
The dam and spillway can be seen with in Hi-Res pic
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Entrance to boat launch
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 The Rez News

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is really cool. Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Cool stuff. I've always wondered about stuff under the Rez, knowing it is all silted in now, but wondering what all was covered over.

Anonymous said...

I am shocked that a federal park was relocated for the Res. Pleased, but shocked that somebody succeeded in getting the feds to do that.

So...what are the chances that the Natchez Trace trails can be extended to cover the full length of the Natchez Trace?

Anonymous said...

You want all 444 miles to have a trail?!

Anonymous said...

Very interesting, thanks for the info!