Historic Markers Across Georgia

DeSoto Trail

Marker ID: GHM 043-2
Location: US 84 in west edge of Bainbridge, GA (at US 27?)
County: Decatur
Waymark: None


Near here DeSoto and his army accomplished passage of the Flint (Capachequi) river March 6-10, 1540, with difficulty. His chronicles wrote that the river was too wide for "the best thrower in the army" to hurl a stone across it.

A barge was built and men and equipment were carried over in a number of trips. The barge was pulled back and forth by strong cables fastened to each end. Horses were forced to swim alongside the barges. This passage is described by men who took part in it. GHM 043-2 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION