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Dayton in Rhea County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Smith’s Crossroads

 
 
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By R. E. Smith, November 8, 2007
1. Smith's Crossroads
Inscription. Named for pioneer settler William Smith, a New England teacher and merchant, who settled here in 1820, it was the junction of the Kiuka War Trace (later Black Fox Trail) to the Cumberland and the main north-south Indian trail to the Great Lakes. Here in 1838 the Trail of Tears crossed the Tennessee Valley from Blythes Ferry. Named Sequatchie with the coming of the railroad in the late 1870s, it was soon renamed Dayton. Scottish industialists developed coal and iron resources in the 1880s.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2B 28.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
 
Location. 35° 29.233′ N, 85° 1.165′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Tennessee, in Rhea County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street (Tennessee Route 27) and W. Delaware Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton TN 37321, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Cornerstone / Smith's Crossroads ( within shouting distance of this marker); Rhea County Veteran's Memorial ( approx. 0.7 miles away); Rhea County Courthouse
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By R. E. Smith, November 8, 2007
2. Smith's Crossroads
( approx. 0.7 miles away); William Jennings Bryan ( approx. 0.7 miles away); The Scopes Trial ( approx. 0.7 miles away); Graysville Academy ( approx. 4.3 miles away); Blythe Ferry ( approx. 5 miles away); Rhea County / Hamilton County ( approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceLandmarksNative AmericansNotable PersonsWar, French and Indian
 
Smith’s Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 6, 2010
3. Smith’s Crossroads Marker
Smith’s Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 6, 2010
4. Smith’s Crossroads Marker
Looking South on Market Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2007, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 1,808 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 8, 2007, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee.   3, 4. submitted on May 7, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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