Stairway to Heaven


As we continued along the Natchez Trace Parkway we arrived at Emerald Mound. Emerald Mound is the second largest ceremonial mounds in the United States. The eight acre flat top mound stands at a height of 35 feet high.

Emerald Mound was built by the ancestors of the Natchez Indians during the Mississippian period between 1250 and 1600 A.D.  It would have served as the ceremonial center for the local population, which resided in outlying villages and hamlets


The mound was originally known as the Selzertown site.  The current name derives from the pre-Civil War era Emerald Plantation. The first excavations to the site took place in 1838. By the mid-20th century, erosion had destroyed six of Emerald’s secondary mounds, and part of the main flat top. Its present-day appearance is due to the stabilization and restoration performed after it was given to the National Park Service in 1950s.



As I began to walk up these stairs the words written and sung by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant during the 70’s came to mind.

There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitter is gold and she’s buying a stairway to heaven. When she gets there she knows if the stores are all closed with a word she can get what she came for.

Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.




10 thoughts on “Stairway to Heaven

  1. The last one is a great photo, Phillip. When I started to look at it, it seemed to me that the stairs came down from the sky, not the other way. I think it was the perspective that fooled me, and I loved it. Great colours and even though it’s captured around the middle of the day, the light works perfectly too. (And by the way sorry for having been absent lately, I just haven’t had time to comment the last couple of weeks).

    1. Thanks Otto. I have to admit that the clouds were actually on to other side of the mound, and there was only a blue sky at the top of these stairs. (See the 2nd picture.) So I put them together. I was pleased with the way it turned out. It helps it portray more of what I felt at the time.

    1. Thanks Aaron, it good to hear from you again. (As I mentioned to Otto, I’m afraid that the sky isn’t what it seems to be.)

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