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West Chester in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Great Trail
The Great Trail Monument Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, June 8, 2008
1. The Great Trail Monument
Inscription. The Great Trail of the Minquas or Susquehanna Indians from the Susquehanna to the Schuylkill crossed the present road about this point. It was the path prior to 1670 for their conquest of the Lenni-Lenape or Delaware Indians and for trade with the first Dutch and Swedish settlers on the Delaware River. Thousands of beaver skins yearly being carried down over this "Beaversrede" or Beaver Road to Fort Beaversrede on the site of Philadelphia and to other neighboring trading posts.
Erected 1925 by Pennsylvania Historical Commission and the Chester County Historical Society.
Location. 39° 56.89′ N, 75° 35.627′ W. Marker is in West Chester, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker is at the intersection of Wilmington Pike and Church Ave., on the right when traveling south on Wilmington Pike. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Chester PA 19382, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Minquas Path (a few steps from this marker); Frederick Douglass (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Main Arch Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Samuel Barber (approx. 0.9 miles away); Star of the West, Tent No. Six (approx. 0.9 miles away); Thomas S. Butler House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Turk’s Head Tavern (approx. one mile away); The Dime Savings Bank (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in West Chester.
Full view of monument. Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, June 8, 2008
2. Full view of monument.
Monument has been defaced. Great Minquas Path marker is in the background.

More about this marker. The Susquehanna and Schuylkill referred to on this marker are rivers.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,617 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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