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Murphy in Cherokee County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Unicoi Turnpike Trail

A Path Through time

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, April 5, 2018
1. Unicoi Turnpike Trail Marker
Inscription.  The path now known as the Unicoi Turnpike Trail has existed for over 1,000 years. The earliest European maps of the area note the trail as a connector between Cherokee Territories and the coastal ports at Charleston and Savannah. In 1756, British soldiers hauled weapons and supplies across the trail to establish Fort Loudoun. In the early 1800s the trail was converted into a toll road and turnpike. In 1838 over 3,000 Cherokees traveled over the Unicoi Turnpike during the Trail of Tears.

1. Fort Loudoun
2. Tellico Blockhouse
3. Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
4. Chota and Tanasi Memorials
5. Tellico Plains
6. Charles Hall Museum
7. Coker Creek
8. Unicoi Gap
9. Joe Brown Highway
10. Murphy
11. Cherokee County Historical Museum
12. Belltown (Cane Creek) Massacre
13. Trail of Tears
14. Hiking Trail

Exploring an Ancient Path
We invite you to travel through layers of history as you trace the Unicoi Turnpike Trail in Tennessee and North Carolina. Historic sites and museums along the way will illustrate the role this important transportation route played
Unicoi Turnpike Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, April 5, 2018
2. Unicoi Turnpike Trail Marker
Marker is located to the left of the entrance.
in our nation's history. A two and one half mile section of the original roadbed at Coker Creek is open for hiking.
 
Location. 35° 5.205′ N, 84° 1.983′ W. Marker is in Murphy, North Carolina, in Cherokee County. Marker is on Unicoi Turnpike north of Alpine Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the entrance to the Cherokee County Historical Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Murphy NC 28906, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Water Powered 500 Pound Hammer (here, next to this marker); Prison Cell Door (a few steps from this marker); Nuya Saligugi (a few steps from this marker); Cherokee War (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cherokee County Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); Trail of Tears (approx. mile away); Murphy North Carolina Rail (approx. mile away); Fort Butler (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murphy.
 
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Unicoi Turnpike Trail Marker on left side of entrance door. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 20, 2016
3. Unicoi Turnpike Trail Marker on left side of entrance door.
 
More. Search the internet for Unicoi Turnpike Trail.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   3. submitted on September 8, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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