“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Red Boiling Springs in Macon County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

The Cumberland Trace

A Native American Trail

The Cumberland Trace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chad Comer
1. The Cumberland Trace Marker
Inscription. Named by early pioneers traversing thru the region, this designated Indian trail led these settlers into this area during Western migration. This mainly Cherokee trail, (although used some by the Shawnee), originated at Rockwood in Roane County, Tennessee. It meandered northward into Jackson County where it forked. One prong went through Smith, Trousdale, and Sumner Counties to its' destination at Nashville. The other section continued through Jackson County and the Indian villages there to emerge at two sites in Macon County. The lower leg entered at the county's extreme southeastern corner and the upper leg entered above Jennings Creek. The two joined south of Red Boiling Springs and thence traveled west of there to Monroe County, Kentucky where the trail crossed the Macon County line in the proximity of White Oak, Long and Salt Lick Creeks. The trace reached its' end at the Indian settlements on the Green and Barren Rivers in Southern Kentucky. Daniel Boone followed the Cumberland Trace during his explorations thru here.
Erected by Macon County Historical Society.
Location. 36° 31.865′ N, 85° 50.937′ W. Marker is in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, in Macon County. Marker is on East Main Street (Tennessee Route 151), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 222 East Main Street, Red Boiling Springs TN 37150, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Confederate Enlistment Station (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Civil War Hospital (approx. ¼ mile away); Red Boiling Springs (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Red Boiling Springs (approx. 0.3 miles away); Palace Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); McClellan's General Store (approx. one mile away); Gibbs Crossroads (approx. 6 miles away); Gamaliel (approx. 8.1 miles away in Kentucky). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Red Boiling Springs.
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2011, by Chad Comer of Gamaliel, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 628 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on January 10, 2011, by Chad Comer of Gamaliel, Kentucky. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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