Tanglefoot Trail ceremony is Sunday

Houston will gather at the proposed gateway to the  Tanglefoot Trail Sunday and will send a silver spike to Pontotoc to officially dedicate the trail.

A wooden bridge on the Tanglefoot Trail crosses a creek North of Houston as cattle graze in a nearby pasture. This view and many more will be enjoyed by those treking the Tanglefoot Trail Sunday.

A wooden bridge on the Tanglefoot Trail crosses a creek North of Houston as cattle graze in a nearby pasture. This view and many more will be enjoyed by those treking the Tanglefoot Trail Sunday.

Just as occurred 125 years ago, silver spikes will arrive Sunday in Pontotoc to celebrate the arrival of an alternate mode of transportation. In 1888 it was a railroad locomotive that brought new people and opportunities, and today it’s a bicycle trail.

And they’re both named “Tanglefoot.”

Directors of the GM&O Rails-to-Trails Recreational District and other municipal, county and state officials will gather Sunday at each end of the 44.53-mile Tanglefoot Trail and at stops in between to dedicate rails-to-trails conversion. The trail was named for an early steam-powered locomotive on the railroad built by the grandfather of author William Faulkner.

Ceremonies begin at 1 p.m. at the trailheads in Houston (west of the former railroad overpass on Highway 8) and New Albany (across Bankhead Street from City Hall), followed by whistlestop dedications in New Houlka at 2:15, Ingomar at 2:30, and Algoma and Ecru at 3:10. Silver Spikes arrive in Pontotoc at 4 p.m.

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