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Corinth to replace signs telling story of local Civil War history

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From the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/corinth-to-replace-signs-telling-story-of-local-civil-war-history/2012/07/30/gJQAMoRLKX_story.html

CORINTH, Miss. — The city of Corinth will replace dozens of 15-year-old signs that tell the local story of the Civil War,

The Daily Corinthian reports (http://bit.ly/QbAhwP) that the 44 signs were installed in 1997 as part of the original Siege & Battle of Corinth Commission’s driving tour of local Civil War sites.

Officials say the Corinth Tourism Office recently completed a new driving tour and the old signs were causing confusion.

The city began taking down the signs this past week.

“Over the years, the Tourism Office changed the driving tour, but the signs were never changed,” said Park Ranger Tom Parson. “It’s very confusing for people coming from Shiloh who are on the new driving tour and they see the small driving tour signs.”

Parson said the driving tour will go without signs for the time being.

Much of the land containing historical sites currently owned by the Siege & Battle of Corinth Commission will soon be transferred to the National Park Service. Once the transition is complete, the National Park Service will create and install new signs representing the current driving tour and the new sites added to NPS property.

Before that happens, there is still much work ahead, Parson said. For example, roadside pullover sites must be established so motorists on the driving tour will not have to stop in the middle of the roads.

Property that has been — or will soon be — acquired by the National Park Service from the Siege & Battle of Corinth Commission includes Battery F, the property at the intersection of Mississippi Highway 2 and Polk Street and the old Confederate earthworks.

Jim

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Those signs were looking a bit old an worn out. Its good to here the NPS will be taking over the land. Corinth is a great town with lots of CW sites to walk. I have been to one of the earthwork sites ( off of rt 2), not much interpretation but still worth a stop. Judging by the trash we saw around the works it looks like it is a spot that the local school kids use to have a few "drinks". The downtown walking tour is very nice. Most of the homes used as HQ's are within a few blocks of each other.

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The Post got the story wrong. We are not replacing signs that "that tell the local story of the Civil War."

The city of Corinth is removing 44 directional signs for the old driving tour which do not conform to the new audio tour offered by Corinth Tourism.

It makes it sound like we are removing exhibit signs. We are not.

Tom

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Yep, the driving tour signs are what they are talking about, they were looking a little worn. I walked to the Confederate earthworks off of N. Polk St. one time and learned that the sign saying that the works were only a 1/4 mile walk were entirely wrong. Not good on a hot July day.........

My wife's G-Aunt lives across the XX tracks from Battery F and you can see the trees where it sits from her pastures.

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