When I started across the 200-feet long Tishomingo Swinging Bridge across Bear Creek, I thought I wanted to shoot this from the center of the bridge. I was fine until the bridge started swinging, and then when I got to the center of the bridge, I realized the guide wires were only about thigh height. That really freaked me out while looking through the camera lens. Maybe, next time.
Tishomingo State Park is in the northern section of Mississippi, and the Natchez Trace Parkway travels right through the middle of it. Widely considered Mississippi’s most scenic state park, it is in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains where massive boulders and rock formations blanket the forested hills.
This area was once the home of the Chickasaw Tribe. The park is named for the Chickasaw Chief Tishomingo who is one of the last full-blooded Chickasaw Chiefs. Pronounced “Tishu-minko” his name means assistant-king since he was second in power to the Minko or hereditary king. Tishomingo served under Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812. He died at approximately 100 years old on the Trail of Tears.
Copyright 2019 Susan Rissi Tregoning
May 2nd, 2019
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