Trace Travelers

Trace Travelers (HM20YQ)

Location: Cherokee, AL 35616 Colbert County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 50.052', W 87° 56.89'

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Natchez Trace Parkway

Frontier America once walked along the Natchez Trace.

The Chickasaw and Choctaw used the Trace for transportation and trade. After 1801, with tribal permission, post riders who rode the Trace connected isolated settlements in Mississippi and beyond.

Boatmen or farmers, known as Kaintucks, floated their products down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to market in Natchez, Mississippi. Then they sold their flatboats as lumber and walked home along the Trace. On foot, the 500-mile trip took about 35 days. By 1810 occasional travel had turned into human flood; up to 10,000 Kaintucks passed along the well-trodden path each year.

Chickasaw moving south pass Kaintucks on the northbound leg of their journey home.

During the War of 1812, the Trace became a road for American armies marching to and from battle.

Steamboats—powerful enough to sail up the Mississippi River—stemmed the tide of Trace use.
HM NumberHM20YQ
Placed ByNatchez Trace Parkway, 
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, August 21st, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 413302 N 3855066
Decimal Degrees34.83420000, -87.94816667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 50.052', W 87° 56.89'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 50' 3.12" N, 87° 56' 53.4" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)256
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Natchez Trace Pkwy, Cherokee AL 35616, US
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