Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Finding a Hidden Treasure
How did the National Park Service find the Brown's Ferry Federal Road trace, a small portion of a larger road network that radiated throughout the United States and its territories?
With the road hidden by the dense undergrowth of trees and brush around you, it was not as easy as you might think.
Researches collected digital data through a variety of methods, including LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), a laser-generated model using an airplane. They overlaid the information on an 1863 United States Coast Survey (USCS) map, creating a three dimensional model of the ground on which the Brown's Ferry Federal Road crossed.
Through this combination of history, archaeology, and science you are now able to follow a small portion of the same route the Cherokee were forced to traverse on the Trail of Tears and the Union soldiers marched along during the Civil War.
Erected by Friends of Moccasin Bend National Park (through a grant by the Lyndhurst Foundation).
Location. 35° 3.352′ N, 85° 20.206′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Pineville Road and Manufacturers Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Crossing into History (approx. 0.2 miles away); A "Trace" of the Past (approx. 0.3 miles away); Brown's Ferry Federal Road (approx. 0.4 miles away); Re-Opening the Tennessee River (approx. 1.1 miles away); Negley's and Wilder's Demonstrations Against Chattanooga (approx. 1.1 miles away); Boynton Park (approx. 1.1 miles away); Battle of Chattanooga, 1st Day, Nov. 23 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Battle of Chattanooga, 2d Day, Nov. 24. (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chattanooga.
More about this marker. This marker is the third marker, in a series of four (4) markers that mark the footpath, used to walk portions of the old Brown's Ferry Federal Road, from the present day roadway, to the Tennessee River, and then back, a journey of about 1.2 miles, round-trip.
Categories. • Native Americans • Roads & Vehicles • War, US Civil •
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