In wilderness days, the first highways were usually waterways, and the paths alongside them eventually became roads. Hwy 1 is the river road in Mississippi – and it’s a quiet one, for there are not many towns along the river in the Delta. The water level can rise 50-ft in a year, but the Delta is relatively flat, so towns sprouted only where bluffs or hills were found. Towns like: Helena, Greenville, Vicksburg, and Natchez.
Another early road is the Natchez Trace Parkway. People who came down the Ohio River to the Mississippi River and then south to New Orleans might return via it – up to Natchez, then northeast toward Nashville, TN, and on from there.