Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Natchez Trace

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Location: on Columbia Highway (U.S. 412) just from Natchez Trace Parkway, Hohenwald, TN
County: Lewis
Coordinates: N 35° 34.639    W 087° 25.821
  35.57731666    -87.43035
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7K5V


This plainly visible, though long deserted road is a section of The Natchez Trace, evolved from Buffalo and Indian Trails, into The First National Highway of the South-West, cut and opened under authority of the United States Government, after treaties negotiated with the Chickasaw and the Choctaw Indians, in 1801.

Designed to meet early necessities of trade between Nashville and the Country of the Lower Mississippi: It is an abiding footprint of the bold, crude commerce of the pioneers: Yet it is not without military significance in the history of our country. Over it passed a part of Andrew Jackson's army in his campaign against the Creek Indians in 1813, and again on his return from the Battle Field of New Orleans in 1815.

But, before Talledega and New Orleans- Before the soldiers of Jackson had given renown to the Natchez Trace, it received its immortal touch of melancholy fame when Meriwether Lewis, journeying over it on his way to Philadelphia, to edit the story of his Great Expedition, here met his untimely death on the night of Oct. 11, 1809.