“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Stevenson in Jackson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Crow Town

Crow Town Marker - Side A image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 9, 2009
1. Crow Town Marker - Side A
Side A
One of the Five Lower Towns established by the Chickamauga Cherokees in 1782 under the leadership of Dragging Canoe. Territorial Governor William Blount reported to the Secretary of War in 1792 that: “Crow Town lies on the north side of the Tennessee (River), half a mile from the river, up Crow Creek, 30 miles below the Suck. (It) is the lowest town in the Cherokee Nation and contained 30 huts in 1790. The Creeks and Northward tribes cross (the river) here.”
All of the Five Lower Towns were on the extreme Cherokee frontier. Running Water was near Chattanooga and Nickajack was near Haletown, Tennessee. Long Island Town was twenty miles below the Suck, east of Bridgeport, Alabama. Lookout Mountain Town was near Trenton, Georgia.
(Continued on other side)

Side B
Crow Town encompassed an area of several miles by the early 1800s as increasing numbers of Cherokee families settled here. With the creation of Jackson County in 1819, many of the Cherokees moved to the south side of the river – some 19th-century maps placed Crow Town near the southeast end of Snodgrass Bridge which takes Highway 117 across the Tennessee River east of Stevenson. The 1782 site of Crow Town, one-half mile from the confluence of Crow Creek and the original channel of the Tennessee River, was flooded with
Crow Town Marker - Side B image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 9, 2009
2. Crow Town Marker - Side B
the closing of the spillway gates at Guntersville Dam in 1939.
Erected 2008 by Sponsored by the Jackson County Historical Association Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 34° 51.052′ N, 85° 49.494′ W. Marker is in Stevenson, Alabama, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 72 and Kentucky Ave. on U.S. 72. Click for map. Located on left side of Hwy 72 past Stevenson Al at intersections of hwy 72/2/Lee Hwy and Cr 117/Kentucky Ave. Marker is in this post office area: Stevenson AL 35772, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Harker (approx. 1.1 miles away); Stevenson Depot and Hotel (approx. 1.5 miles away); Union Army Headquarters (approx. 1.7 miles away); Rocky Springs Church of Christ (approx. 8.4 miles away); Bridgeport (approx. 8.7 miles away); Trail of Tears (approx. 10.4 miles away); Bellefonte Cemetery / Town of Bellefonte (approx. 11.8 miles away); Birthplace of Jobyna Lancaster Ralston-Arlen (approx. 13 miles away in Tennessee). Click for a list of all markers in Stevenson.
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