Near Gilmer in Upshur County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
One of three pioneer roads that crossed Upshur County and aided in development of Texas. Was heavily used by freighters and settlers heading west ward and by those exporting cotton, hides and produce to the inland Port at Jefferson. Was crossed at this point by Cherokee Trace (so named for Indians who used it to travel between their home reservation in Arkansas and their lands near Nacogdoches).
The Mt. Gilead Primitive Baptist Church was organized near here in July 1848. Church land and cemetery were given by pioneer merchant Leonidas Cartwright.
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 11321.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Native Americans • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 32° 51.532′ N, 95° 0.489′ W. Marker is near Gilmer, Texas, in Upshur County. Marker is at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 2454 and Mule Deer Road, on the left when traveling northTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gilmer TX 75644, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Matinburg Cemetery (approx. 3.7 miles away); Bettie Methodist Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); Reeves Chapel (approx. 7.2 miles away); Ferndale Club (approx. 7˝ miles away); New Mine Cemetery (approx. 7.7 miles away); New Mine Baptist Church (approx. 7.7 miles away); The Ezekiel Airship (approx. 9˝ miles away).
Regarding Jefferson-Quitman Road. Gilmer Texas History - Founded in 1846, the city's namesake is former United States Secretary of the Navy, Thomas Walker Gilmer. Gilmer is located on the Old Cherokee Trace, a trail used by the Cherokee Indians in their travels. To this day arrowheads and other Native American artifacts can be found with little to no digging. Sam Houston, when he lived with the Cherokee, travelled the Trace through here. The location of Gilmer was determined by a flood on Little Cypress Creek. First located near the creek, residents decided to change locations because of frequent floods. The historic Trail of Tears came through this region. Source: Wikimedia
Also see . . .
1. Cherokee Trace. TSHA Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on November 28, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Cherokee Indians. TSHA Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on November 28, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 24 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 28, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.