Historic Markers Across Georgia

DeSoto Trail

Marker ID: WPA GA 11 H-5
Location: Courthouse in Abbeville, GA
County: Wilcox
Coordinates: N 31° 59.551    W 083° 18.406
  31.99251442    -83.30677235
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM43H8
DeSoto Trail Marker  


De Soto Trail

Hernando de Soto discovered Ocmulgee River at or near Abbeville on April 3, 1540. “Here,” says the chronicler Biedma, “we found a river that had a course not southwardly, like the rest we had passed, but eastward to the sea.” Next day the Altamaha Indians “brought many canoes and the army crossed very comfortably” to their principal town where they met its chief Camumo and the great chief of Ocute from the river above, and here they created a second wooden cross.

De Soto Quadri-Centennial-1940
Works Progress Administration Marker

The marker stands on the right in front of the Wilcox County Courthouse, built in 1903.
DeSoto Trail
Photo by David Seibert