It’s a scavenger hunt that ends with a mystery!!
Percy Quin State Park is Mississippi’s most popular State Park. Built around 800 acre Lake Tangipahoa, the park is situated about 15 miles north of the Louisiana border on Interstate 55. The park has a hotel, cabins, cottages, RV sites, and primitive campsites. Golf, swimming, tennis, and nature trail are popular attractions. There is a lot to do and see at Percy Quin State Park…
…but here are four things that I bet even the locals haven’t seen! Or at least I figure it would be a rare bird that’s seen all of these.
The DeKane cemetery
I bet not every state park can say it has its own lost cemetery with 1812-era graves in it! History and genealogy buffs would really get a kick out of this – you have to wade through the woods a bit but there are a couple of places where road access is close. The cemetery is maintained (grass mowed, plastic flowers, whitewashed fences) but the chain link fence has been torn down in the back of the cemetery and the woods around it could stand a clean-up project by some local Scouts.
A sign of days gone by
This aged sign, screwed to a tree, has at least 3 layers of peeling paint on it, but there is no trace of whatever message the sign once conveyed. It can be found nestled into a grove of hickory trees and wild plums.
1980 Emergency Spillway plaque
This plaque commemorates the construction in 1980 of an emergency spillway at the old CCC-era earthen dam of Lake Tangipahoa. Perhaps this marker was once prominent, but now it is kind of secluded and out-of-the-way with trees grown up around it – although it is still maintained and mowed around. You know it has to be somewhere near the spillway, but I’ll give you a hint – you won’t find it on the actual dam itself.
Mississippi Park Commission marker
The fourth thing that I bet many locals haven’t seen is this concrete block with what appears to be a geological survey marker on it. You can see that the top of the marker has been scraped – probably by a lawnmower blade so there is your clue – you’ll find this one in a mowed area.
The marker is labelled “Mississippi Park Commission + Quin No. 5”, which suggests a mystery to me! Where are the Quin markers numbered 1 through 4, and are there any more after 5?
Any local Percy-Quin-lovers have an answer or even a clue about that one? If you give me some clues, I’d be totally willing to go on my own photographic scavenger hunt!