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Arab in Marshall County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Bear Meat Cabin Road

 
 
Bear Meat Cabin Road Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Judith Barber, February 6, 2011
1. Bear Meat Cabin Road Marker
Inscription.  Starting as an ancient Indian trail, the north–south road through Arab in 1816 was known as Bear Meat Cabin Road. By 1818, it had become an important Federal trade route through the Alabama Territory known as the St. Stephens – Huntsville Road. Designated as a post road in 1822, it became the main mail route between New Orleans and Cincinnati over which Alabama’s first stage line traveled. Philip Clack received a State charter to operate the section through Arab as Clack’s Turnpike.

With the opening of the Tennessee River Bridge at Whitesburg in 1929, the road again became an important north-south route through Alabama. During the 1940's it was known as the Florida Short Route. By 1945 it was paved and became Federal Highway 231 known as “The Heart of Dixie Highway”. The Arab by-pass was built in 1960 and the highway from Arab to Whitesburg was widened to four lanes in 1970.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNative AmericansRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1816.
 
Location. 34° 20.434′ N, 86° 
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30.2′ W. Marker is in Arab, Alabama, in Marshall County. Marker is at the intersection of North Brindlee Mountain Parkway (State Highway 53) and North Main Street, on the right when traveling north on North Brindlee Mountain Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1206-1298 N Brindlee Mountain Pkwy, Arab AL 35016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gilliam Springs Baptist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); First Arab High School / First Arab Auditorium (approx. 1.4 miles away); 1883 Methodist Church Cemetery (approx. 1˝ miles away); Farmer's Exchange (approx. 1.7 miles away); Stephen Tuttle Thompson (approx. 1.7 miles away); Shoal Creek Baptist Church (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arab.
 
Bear Meat Cabin Road Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Judith Barber, February 6, 2011
2. Bear Meat Cabin Road Marker
Located in a small park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2011, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,825 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2011, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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