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Near Shorterville in Henry County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Chattahoochee River Crossing

 
 
Chattahoochee River Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 26, 2014
1. Chattahoochee River Crossing Marker
Inscription. First settler crossings were made here prior to 1817 on a log ferry operated by Robert Irwin. First bridge built by Prescott and Bemis and destroyed by flood of 1855. Second wooden covered bridge was completed in 1869 by ex-slave Horace King. Third was the Henry-Clay cantilever bridge opened in 1925. Fourth is the present McKemie Bridge opened in 1973. This river was the number one highway for local prehistorical man long before Christ.
 
Erected 1978 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Henry County Historical Society.
 
Location. 31° 36.254′ N, 85° 3.561′ W. Marker is near Shorterville, Alabama, in Henry County. Marker is on Hartford Road (Alabama Route 10) 0.6 miles east of County Road 46, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shorterville AL 36373, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Franklin - First Beachhead into East Alabama (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Gaines (approx. 0.3 miles away in Georgia); The 1836 Fort (approx. 0.3 miles away in Georgia); The Old Lattice Bridge (approx.
Chattahoochee River Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 14, 2014
2. Chattahoochee River Bridge
0.3 miles away in Georgia); In the Confederacy (approx. 0.3 miles away in Georgia); Site of Fort Gaines Female College (approx. 0.4 miles away in Georgia); Old Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away in Georgia); Fort Gaines Guards (approx. 0.6 miles away in Georgia).
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Chattahoochee River Crossing in background image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 16, 2014
3. Chattahoochee River Crossing in background
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 433 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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