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Benjamin Hawkins

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Benjamin Hawkins Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 19, 2010
1. Benjamin Hawkins Marker
Inscription.  “The Beloved Man of the Four Nations” to the Creeks, Benjamin Hawkins (1754 - 1816) was appointed Indian agent by President Washington. Soldier, Congressman, Senator, he determined with firmness and kindness to guide the Indians toward civilization. His agency was on the Flint River near Roberta.

The first known written record of a journey through this area was made by Hawkins. His system of accurate measurement by elapsed time between points, established at 3 miles an hour on horseback, and his description of streams and terrain make his way easily followed today. A short distance south of here is “a very extensive view westward,” described in his journal.
 
Erected 1959 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 074-4.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsExplorationNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 33° 17.017′ 
Benjamin Hawkins Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 19, 2010
2. Benjamin Hawkins Marker
Looking west across Georgia Highway 34 at the intersection with Old US 27 (to the right).
N, 85° 6.427′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Georgia, in Heard County. Marker is at the intersection of Lagrange Street (Georgia Route 34) and Old U.S. 27, on the right when traveling north on Lagrange Street. The marker stands in front of the Franklin Community Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin GA 30217, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Heard County Jail (approx. half a mile away); Franklin Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Heard County (approx. 0.6 miles away); Franklin Methodist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Wehadkee Yarn Mills (approx. 13.7 miles away in Alabama); Pottery Shops in Rock Mills / The Potters of Rock Mills (approx. 13.8 miles away in Alabama); William Hogan Plantation (approx. 14 miles away); Council Bluffs Treaty (approx. 14.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Also see . . .
1. Benjamin Hawkins. An article on Hawkins and the origins of the Creek Wars. (Submitted on July 16, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

2. Hawkins' Agency and Grave. (Submitted on July 16, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
 
Benjamin Hawkins Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 19, 2010
3. Benjamin Hawkins Marker
Looking west across Georgia Highway 34
Benjamin Hawkins Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 19, 2010
4. Benjamin Hawkins Marker
The marker with the Franklin Community Center in the background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 709 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 13, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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