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The Devil's Backbone by Jonathan Daniels
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Jun 23, 08

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Read in June, 2008

A surprisingly well-written and detailed account of the outlaw past of the Natchez Trace. I grew up near the Trace, so near in fact that my brothers and I often came upon sunken paths in the woods behind our house. They weren't just dry creek beds or sink holes but wide cuts in the earth as deep as we were tall. This spring my friend John and I drove the length of the Trace from Nashville to Madison, MS. It's manicured and well-mapped now, with plenty of rest stops and picnic tables, but I'm certain there are still hidden spots where the Trace exists in its wilder form.
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