- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - The federal government has given back to the State of Mississippi the so-called bean field property originally slated to be the southern terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., gave the deed this week to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann during a ceremony in Natchez.

The Natchez Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1skpubu) the city currently has a 25-year lease on 37 of the 67 acres conveyed. It is eyeing the property for recreational use.

Natchez city attorney Walter Brown says the city will ask the Legislature next year to convey the bean field to Natchez.

The land was originally to serve as the southern entrance to the Natchez Trace Parkway. In the 1990s, the entrance was moved east. The 67 acres became surplus property.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/


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