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Rossville in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Old Federal Road

 
 
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By R. E. Smith, December 22, 2007
1. Old Federal Road Marker
Inscription.  The first vehicular and postal route of Georgia to Rossville was the Federal Road across the Cherokee Nation. Beginning on the southeast Indian boundary in the direction of Athens, Georgia, the thoroughfare led this way toward Nashville via Tate, Jasper, Talking Rock and Spring Place.

Formal permission by the Cherokees to open the road was granted in the 1805 Treaty of Tellico, Tennessee. Prior to that time the trace served as an Indian trading path to Augusta.

The earliest post office in northwest Georgia was established on this route at Rossville, on April 5, 1817 with John Ross as postmaster.
 
Erected 1992. (Marker Number 146-14.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsNative AmericansRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 34° 59.036′ N, 85° 17.182′ W. Marker is in Rossville, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker
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By R. E. Smith, December 22, 2007
2. Old Federal Road Marker
is on Chickamauga Ave (U.S. 27), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rossville GA 30741, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rossville High Alumni Veteran's Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Hooker's Column (a few steps from this marker); Rossville Memorial Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Geary's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Ireland's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); John Ross Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rossville, McFarland House & Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of John Ross (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rossville.
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, September 10, 2011
3. Old Federal Road Marker
Looking north on Rossville Blvd/US-27. Tennessee state line sign can be seen in the background.
Old Federal Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, September 10, 2011
4. Old Federal Road Marker
Looking south toward the intersection with McFarland Gap Road/Avenue and the US Post Office.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 19, 2008, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 971 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 19, 2008, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee.   3, 4. submitted on September 12, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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