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Jacksons Gap in Tallapoosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Fort Okfuskee

←— 6 mi. west —

 
 
Fort Okfuskee Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, February 14, 2011
1. Fort Okfuskee Marker
Inscription. Built in 1735 by British from Carolina in futile attempt to gain trade of the Creek Indians from the French, located at Fort Toulouse, 40 mi. S. Okfuskee was the largest town in Creek Confederacy.
 
Erected 1953 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 32° 52.98′ N, 85° 51.258′ W. Marker is in Jacksons Gap, Alabama, in Tallapoosa County. Marker is on U.S. Highway 280, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksons Gap AL 36861, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Woods Presbyterian Church (approx. 5 miles away); Horseshoe Bend Battle Ground (approx. 5 miles away); Grafenberg Medical Institute (approx. 6.3 miles away); Tallapoosa County Korean & Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 6.4 miles away); Tallapoosa County World War II Memorial (approx. 6.4 miles away); Battle Of Horseshoe Bend (approx. 6.4 miles away); Tallapoosa County World War I Memorial (approx. 6.4 miles away); Johnson J. Hooper (approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Georgia Provincial Companies - 1734-1747. "Raised in May 1734, Captain Patrick Mackay's Independent Company of Rangers built and manned Fort Okfuskee on the Tallapoosa River among the Upper Creeks in present Alabama. The company was divided into two separate parties during 1736, but the remnants were on duty among the Creeks and on the coast until 1740. Mounted on horseback, Mackay's Rangers wore broad-brimmed hats, civilian coats, buckskin breeches, leather Indian leggins and shoes. Cartridge boxes, powder flasks, and iron-handled cutlasses hung from belts with brass buckles. Muskets were long-barreled infantry types, but probably not the "Brown Bess" (largely unavailable in Georgia before 1740)." (Submitted on September 11, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, CastlesNative Americans
 
Fort Okfuskee Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr
2. Fort Okfuskee Marker
Next to Highway 280
Fort Okfuskee Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, February 14, 2011
3. Fort Okfuskee Marker
Seen from the side of US-280 North.
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,975 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on February 28, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   2. submitted on September 6, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   3. submitted on February 28, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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