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Walt's Look Around: The Devil's Punch Bowl

I can't remember where or when I first heard about the punch bowl. Maybe it was in a Mississippi treasure hunting book years ago.   Source: WLBT I can't remember where or when I first heard about the punch bowl. Maybe it was in a Mississippi treasure hunting book years ago. Source: WLBT
I've heard of people finding things down in here. No one anyone actually knew personally found anything, but everybody's heard of someone finding stuff.   Source: WLBT I've heard of people finding things down in here. No one anyone actually knew personally found anything, but everybody's heard of someone finding stuff. Source: WLBT
ADAMS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

We're heading into the "Devils Punch Bowl" on the Mississippi River north of Natchez. Its legend is laced with lore of pirates and treasure, but the reality of it is even more interesting.

The bluff along the east side of the Mississippi River at Natchez is about 200 feet above sea level and runs pretty much parallel to the river.

But highlighting the couture of the rim of the bluff, there's one place just north of the Natchez City Cemetery where the bluff swings inward and forms a deep ravine in the otherwise consistent bluff.

This indention has come to be known as the "Devil's Punch Bowl". Why? Well, that goes way back in time to early river days when outlaw gangs and river pirates really did plague this part of the country.  

"Planes have crashed in here and you hear about pirates and you know, on the river because the river, of course the river course has changed now because they made the Giles Cut," said David New, who owns the Devil's PUnch Bowl. "Before then they said pirates would hide in the devil's punch bowl and those type things is what I heard."

Greg Iles titling his mystery "Devil's Punch Bowl" has only added to the mystique of the hollow.

"Get a lot of people coming through town hunting for the Devil's Punch Bowl because they've heard about it," said New.

 I can't remember where or when I first heard about the punch bowl. Maybe it was in a Mississippi treasure hunting book years ago.

I've heard of people finding things down in here. No one anyone actually knew personally found anything, but everybody's heard of someone finding stuff.

Well, here's what we found at the bottom of the devil's punch bowl. First, what we didn't find:  no devil or any punch; but a pristine natural area unlike any I've seen in the state. That's what David New likes about his property.

 I've always liked the outdoors so I like the woods," said New. To me it's all the trees and the ferns and all that's in here. Its all pretty to watch in the different times of the year and how it changes."

Pirates hiding out in here? Could have, I guess. There's plenty of room for them.  

As far as buried treasure? Didn't see any place that looked likely. But the real treasure is the nature, secluded and untouched, at the bottom of the Devil's Punch Bowl in Natchez.

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