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Natchez Trace Parkway celebrates 75 years

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Updated: 5/17/2013 7:28 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - American Indians, European explorers and American settlers, all were a part of what is now the Natchez Trace Parkway.
The Natchez Trace Parkway was authorized by Congress in 1938, and tomorrow the government officially celebrates the park's 75th anniversary at the parkway headquarters in Tupelo.
There will be a lot of activities including historical reenactments, several exhibitors and entertainment.
And, there will be food for sale--at 1938 prices.
Acting Superintendent Dale Wilkerson says the Natchez Trace Parkway also has had a significant impact on the economy.

"About 14 million visitors a year use the Natchez Trace Parkway," says Wilkerson.  "Of those, about 5.7 million come here just for recreational purposes.  And, that's folks anyone from driving an automobile, to riding a motorcycle or a bicycle.  And those people actually put about $93 million into the economy of the state of Mississippi."

The celebration begins at 10 a.m. at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor's Center at the headquarters with opening ceremonies.  

Music is expected to begin around 11 a.m.

Activities continue until around 2 p.m.
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