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Allatoona in Bartow County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Tennessee Wagon Road

 
 
Tennessee Wagon Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 19, 2019
1. Tennessee Wagon Road Marker
Inscription.  The Tennessee Wagon Road was a heavily traveled route that passed through the Allatoona Mountain Range. It traversed north to Chattanooga and south to Sandtown, which was located on the Chattahoochee River just west of Atlanta. As it ran south out of Allatoona, it was known as the Sandtown Road.

The Allatoona community was established at the crossroads of the Tennessee Wagon Road (north/south) and the Old Alabama Road or Cartersville Road (east/west). The tiny village consisted of six or seven buildings including the John Clayton house, several stores, a railroad depot and other railroad structures.

Roads during this time were not direct routes but were a connection of byways that followed the contours of the land, frequently building upon or using existing Native American trails. Years of wagon wheels and horses hooves wearing into the dirt surface created the "sunken road" effect still visible today.

Photo captions
Map detail: Map of rails, town and roads. from Chattanooga (north) through Allatoona down to Sandtown (south).
Left middle: Southeasterly view of Allatoona
Right bottom:

View south from marker, along Allatoona Pass trail, towards parking lot. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 19, 2019
2. View south from marker, along Allatoona Pass trail, towards parking lot.
Northwesterly view along tracks showing, depot and the John Clayton house, currently known as the Mooney House. The home looks much the same as it did in 1862-63 when George N. Barnard took the photo--Barnard was a well-known Civil War photographer.
 
Location. 34° 6.862′ N, 84° 42.92′ W. Marker is in Allatoona, Georgia, in Bartow County. Marker can be reached from Old Allatoona Road SE 2.9 miles east of Interstate 75, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 632 Old Allatoona Road SE, Cartersville GA 30121, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Allatoona Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Allatoona (within shouting distance of this marker); Military Service Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Allatoona Pass Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Wartime Allatoona (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Allatoona Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); Demand For Surrender (within shouting distance of this marker); The Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Allatoona.
 
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The Clayton-Mooney House across street from battlefield. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 19, 2019
3. The Clayton-Mooney House across street from battlefield.
Allatoona Pass Battlefield sign. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 19, 2019
4. Allatoona Pass Battlefield sign.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   3. submitted on November 30, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   4. submitted on November 29, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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