Participants take a walk through pieces of Aberdeen history
ABERDEEN – City building inspector David Low lead mostly Aberdeen High School JROTC cadets on a hike through history with stops representing the 1500s to the early 1900s.
The program was the second installment of the JROTC’s history hike series, which will ultimately explore the significant events in the the area’s timeline stretching from Hernando DeSoto’s explorations to Prairie’s World War II heritage at the Gulf Ordnance Plant.
“When you look at what used to be here that’s not anymore, you see the opportunity for the need of leadership that can reestablish this town as a district hub,” said AHS JROTC instructor Lt. Col. Jeff ‘Cog’ Coggin while standing on the corner of Meridian and College streets.
At one point, Aberdeen had three colleges, which is a small fraction of the entities that once made it one of the largest cities in the state.
The recent history hike mixed a lesson about downtown’s drainage system and original architectural building codes that were ahead of their time when put in place with a trek through the woods following the same steps as DeSoto.
Low educated the hikers, which also included Mississippi State ROTC cadets and Aberdeen residents, on DeSoto’s union and falling out with the Chickasaw Indians, the importance of the Tombigbee River and Matubby Creek to commerce and livelihood among several other historical tidbits.
The ending point of the hike was on the banks of where the Tombigbee and Matubby meet, a place defined by a line of two shades of dark water where the two meet. Low explained how this site was a spot mentioned in the Faction of the King of Spain in 1544 in regards to Desoto’s expedition.
Aside from another spot on the high banks of the Matubby, the JROTC history hike made stops at the old cotton compress and Acker Park.
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