Henry Clay Thruston House
This 1868 home is right next to Dupree Park Nature Centre. The design is a noteworthy example of "dogtrot" style of architecture. The famous owner was Henry Clay Thruston who was noticeable at 7ft 7 ½ “ tall . He was known as the tallest soldier in the Confederate army and told stories of travelling with circus acts before returning to his family in Mt Vernon. The Thurston house and Bankhead Highway Park and Nature Trail was opened in 2003. The house is also the location of the Bankhead Highway Visitor Center.
Hours : Tues and Thurs 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Location : I-30 and take SH 37N for 1.9 miles. Turn left (west) on CRNW 1010 onto the Bankhead Highway.
The Ripley Massacre - Choctaw Trail is a state historical marker which designates this site of the last Indian massacre in the eastern region of Texas where 10 members of the Ripley family were killed by a vagabond band of Native Americans. The only survivors were 2 daughters and their father who fortunately were not home at the time. On April 10, 1841, settlers banded together and drove the few remaining Indians out of the eastern half of the state. The Choctaw Trail was an east-west Indian trade route which extended through Franklin County (as it is known today).
Location : The historical marker is on U.S. Highway 67 east of Mount Vernon
Old Bankhead Highway
U.S. 67 is the Old Bankhead Highway and is also known as the "Broadway of America." This historic highway, back in 1922, was the principal transcontinental route for motor traffic across the United States from Washington, D.C. to San Diego.
Dupree Park Nature Center
This park was opened in October 2002 and is one block west of Main Street and U.S. 37. This was the original bankhead highway route. The centre covrs 57 acres of nature preserve and there are winding hiking trails which are open from dawn to dusk. On the park is the Lowry Pavilion which is available for rent. Next door is the 1868 home of Henry Clay Thurston.
Location : Near Main & Hwy. 37