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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Stone Mountain in DeKalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Hightower (Etowah) Trail

Hightower (Etowah) Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Felch Dumas, August 3, 2008
1. Hightower (Etowah) Trail Marker
Inscription. Hightower (Etowah) Trail, one of the best marked Indian Trails in Georgia, was a much used crossover between two of the noted Trading Paths radiating from Augusta. Recognized as a former boundary between Cherokee and Creek lands, a part of it became, by Act of General Assembly 1822, the boundary line between Gwinnett and DeKalb Counties. Early families settled along the trail and it remained a main road until the 1840s. Segments of it have been abandoned but many sections remain in use as part of present day roads. The name is believed to come from the Cherokee, Ita-Wa.
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 044-54B.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 49.39′ N, 84° 7.541′ W. Marker is in Stone Mountain, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is on Stone Mountain Freeway (U.S. 78) 0.2 miles west of West Park Place Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. This marker is located on the west bound side of Highway 78 now and is not visible from the divided highway east bound side. Marker is in this post office area: Stone Mountain GA 30087, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Hightower (Etowah) Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Felch Dumas, August 3, 2008
2. Hightower (Etowah) Trail Marker
This view is looking east at the west bound lanes of Highway 78. The entrance ramp to the left is from West Park Place Blvd.
within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stone Mountain - Confederate Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Country Comes Before Me (approx. 1.4 miles away); Covered Bridge (approx. 1.4 miles away); Garrard's Cavalry at Stone Mtn. Depot (approx. 2.7 miles away); Unknown Confederate Dead (approx. 2.7 miles away); Stone Mountain Cemetery (approx. 2.7 miles away); The March to the Sea (approx. 3.3 miles away); Garrard's & Lightburn's to Stone Mountain (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stone Mountain.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,450 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on July 22, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 4, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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