Tanglefoot protects name, attracts sponsors

Lauren Wood

PONTOTOC – 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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