- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) - Bolivar County officials say the Federal Highway Administration is talking about placing Indian Mound trail markers in various locations throughout the county.

“The Federal Highway Administration is going to create a Mounds Trail - like down in Winterville. These things apparently exist all up and down the Mississippi River and in places way up north like Ohio and down into Louisiana,” County Engineer Bob Eley told The Bolivar Commercial (http://bit.ly/1aOHvBN ).

The Mississippi Mound Trail is modeled after a similar driving tour in Louisiana, which has proven to be very successful, Eley said. The Mississippi tour will include up to 30 selected mounds, each visible from the road and marked with interpretive signage.

Ely said the federal officials will be Bolivar County on Feb. 22 to look at the local mounds.

He said the Federal Highway Administration is asking the county for help in providing access to the mounds.

“I think that there are three or four mounds in Bolivar County and they are all on private property. People will not be able to go directly to the mounds unless private landowners give us permission to provide access to the mounds on their property,” Eley said.

Eley said the markers would consist of a plaque that explains the significance of each mound and tourists will be able to visit each mound by using a map of the trail.

The Mississippi Mound Trail project is set to be a self-guided driving tour located along or near U.S. Highway 61, a major north-south transportation route along the western part of the state.

The purpose of this trail project is to raise awareness and enhance protection of the vast array of prehistoric Indian mounds and earthworks in Mississippi, Eley said.

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Information from: Bolivar Commercial, http://www.bolivarcom.com

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