Historic Markers Across Alabama

Indian Ball Ground

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: on U.S. Highway 165, Fort Mitchell, Alabama.
County: Russell
Coordinates: N 32° 20.646    W 085° 1.26
  32.3441    -85.021
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


The most popular game among the Indians of the region was 'stick ball.' This field has been constructed so that the game may be enjoyed again in the Chattahoochee Valley where it was played for hundreds of years. Sometimes known as "little brother to war," the game was played with an intensity second only to war. Hand crafted sticks with small loops on the end were used to catch and throw a small deer skin ball often filled with squirrel fur to make it "lively." One of the games played here in the valley was viewed by General Lafayette when he visited Fort Mitchell in 1825.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Association, 1996.


Marker Dedication or Erection Date:  1996

End of Indian Ball Ground