State's first concrete road becomes history (Miss.)





A strip of the past runs not far from the southern corporate limits of this northern Lee County city.

The 300 feet or so left of the first concrete road built in Mississippi, stands as a reminder of the work that has pushed Lee County forward in so many ways.

Bobby Smith, District 2 supervisor, knew that when he had to pave most of what is now known as County Road 681. But he left the strip for posterity, notified the state Department of Archives and History and wants to see the patch of roadway marked with a sign that will give itss history and significance. Smith has yet to hear from the state.

"Obviously, saving a piece of our history is important," he said, "from the standpoint of our children, when they grow up, can ask questions and understand the history of Saltillo, the history of this area."

[It's the oldest concrete road in the state and second oldest in the South.]


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