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Fort Payne in DeKalb County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Fort Payne’s Fort

 
 
Fort Payne’s Fort Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr, June 15, 2008
1. Fort Payne’s Fort Marker
Inscription. The fort, consisting of a log house and large stockade, was built in 1838 by order of General Winfield Scott, commander of military forces responsible for the removal of Cherokee Indians.

Soldiers occupying the fort were commanded by Captain John C. Payne, for whom the fort was named.

Indians in the DeKalb County area who refused to move westward voluntarily were gathered and held in the stockade pending their forceful removal to the Indian territory.

Chimney still standing on site of fort near the railroad at 4th Street S. E.
 
Erected 1983 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 34° 26.615′ N, 85° 43.199′ W. Marker is in Fort Payne, Alabama, in DeKalb County. Marker is on Gault Avenue North (U.S. 11) east of 4th Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in Union Park near the water fountain. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Payne AL 35968, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wills Town Mission (here, next to this marker); Sequoyah (here, next to this marker); Alabama (within shouting distance of this marker); Boom Town Historic District
Fort Payne’s Fort Marker by fountain Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Carr, June 15, 2008
2. Fort Payne’s Fort Marker by fountain
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Payne Opera House (about 400 feet away); Cherokee Indian Removal (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of the Willstown Mission (approx. 3.1 miles away); Site of Cherokee Council Tree (approx. 10.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Payne.
 
Also see . . .  Landmark's Projects The Old Fort Site. (Submitted on February 27, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMilitaryNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,327 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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