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Marker ID:  
Location: ocated in Natchez Trace Parkway Colbert Ferry Park near the restrooms, Cherokee, AL
County: Colbert
Coordinates: N 34° 50.052    W 087° 56.89
  34.8342    -87.94816666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Trace Travelers
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.

Erected Natchez Trace Parkway, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

Photographs of the marker can be found on HMDB.org

End of Trace Travelers