Sunday, December 27, 2009

Old Road in Southwestern Monroe County

by Terry Thornton

The photo above is of an old roadway cut by the new four-laned Alternate 45 near the Clay-Monroe County line. This view is looking north --- but across the four-lane one can also see the old roadway with it canopy of trees running south towards West Point. (Click image for a larger view)

Does anyone know the name of this old road? Is it a portion of the Old Magnolia Highway parts of which are still in use further north in the county?

If you have information to share about the history of this old road in Monroe County I'd most appreciate hearing from you. Here is an additional view --- on the extreme left of the photo can be seen the modern four-lane Alt 45 running north.

Photographs by Terry Thornton, December 19, 2009

tags: roads, Magnolia Highway, Alternate Highway 45,


MA said...


That old road is Bois-de-Arc Alley. It was still traveled as late as the 1960s, maybe even later. It once led to the impressive Lenoir Plantation. I'll send you some information.


Terry Thornton said...

Thanks, MA. I knew the road was near Lenoir Plantation but I was also interested in a possible connection to the Old Magnolia Highway. Look forward to receiving info about Bois-de-Arc Alley.


Anonymous said...

That is a very poetic looking place. Surely you can come up with words to match the beauty and history of it. I love these old canopied roads. Just think of the wheels and feet that have passed beneath the tangled branches.