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Jackson in Jackson County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Trails / The Kanawha Trail

 
 
Trails Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 15, 2009
1. Trails Marker (Side A)
Inscription.
Side A: Trails
Plunging herds of buffalo seeking salt licks and grazing lands wore trails through the Ohio Country when it was an Indian no-man's land. Later, Indians found the same trails suitable for their needs.

The tawny paths were highways as well as highest ways. Indians found ridges and summits superior to valleys for trails because they were drier, wind-swept of snow, never clogged by flood debris and safer.

Side B: The Kanawha Trail
Here Shawnee warriors, intent on raiding Virginia frontier settlements, passed on the Kanawha Trail. Fur traders used this route for their pelt-laden pack trains. Colonel Andrew Lewis led his mauled but victorious militia over the trace in 1774.

The trail extended north from the Kanawha River valley, across the Gallipolis flats through the present towns of Rio Grande, Centerville, Remple, Jackson, and Kingston to Circleville and the famous Scioto Trail.
 
Erected 1965 by Division of Wildlife, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 2-40.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 3.176′ 
The Kanawha Trail Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 15, 2009
2. The Kanawha Trail Marker (Side B)
N, 82° 38.301′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Ohio, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Ohio Route 93) and Portsmouth Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 181 E. Main Street, Jackson OH 45640, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Scioto Salt Licks (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Wesley Powell / Morgan's Raid in Jackson, 1863 (about 500 feet away); James Cemetery / Major John James (approx. 0.6 miles away); Berlin Heights Battlefield (approx. 5.7 miles away); Berlin Crossroads (approx. 5.7 miles away); Leo Petroglyph (approx. 7 miles away); Hanging Rock Region (approx. 9.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
 
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Trails / The Kanawha Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 15, 2009
3. Trails / The Kanawha Trail Marker
Looking east along Main Street, with the county courthouse in background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,578 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 23, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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