“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Ringgold in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Old Federal Road

Old Federal Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 26, 2008
1. Old Federal Road Marker
Inscription.  This highway is part of the Old Federal Road, an early thoroughfare that linked Georgia and west Tennessee across the Indian Country. It began on the southeast boundary of the Cherokees, in the direction of Athens, Georgia and led toward Nashville via Rossville. Another branch ran from Ramhurst, Georgia toward Knoxville. Formal permission to open this road was granted by the Cherokees in the 1805 Treaty of Tellico. Prior to its use by the Whites, the route was an Indian trading path to Augusta.
This thoroughfare became the earliest vehicular way of northwest Georgia, the first postal route of this section, and an important emigrant trace to the West.
Erected 1996 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 023-7.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1805.
Location. 34° 54.342′ N, 85° 4.595′ W. Marker
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is near Ringgold, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is at the intersection of Catoosa Parkway (Georgia Route 2) and Chattanooga Road (U.S. 41), on the right when traveling east on Catoosa Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ringgold GA 30736, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Stone Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Stone Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stone Church And Catoosa Station (about 300 feet away); Trail of Tears Memorial (about 300 feet away); Cherokee Springs Confederate Hospital (approx. 0.9 miles away); Catoosa Springs Confederate Hospitals (approx. 1.3 miles away); Confederate General Patrick Cleburne's Emancipation Proposal (approx. 1˝ miles away); General Patrick R. Cleburne Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ringgold.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,514 times since then and 3 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 6, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jan. 26, 2022