Historic Markers Across Georgia

DeSoto Trail

Marker ID: WPA US 27 R-7
Location: NE corner of Square in Bainbridge, GA
County: Decatur
Coordinates: N 30° 54.382    W 084° 34.547
  30.906366    -84.57578
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM76Y8
DeSoto Trail Marker
Photo by David Seibert


In this neighborhood Hernando de Soto and his army discovered the inland waters of the Flint river (´the River of Capachequi´) on Friday, March 5, 1540. Leaving the vicinity of the present Tallahassee, Florida, the Spaniards marched northwest, spent the first night by the Ochlockonee River (´the Guacuca´), and reached the Flint two days later at or near the present Bainbridge, where they constructed a barge or ´piragua´ in which to cross.


DeSoto Trail
Photo by David Seibert