“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Phenix City in Russell County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Bartram's Trail

Bartram's Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 12, 2011
1. Bartram's Trail Marker
Inscription. William Bartram, American's first native born artist - naturalist, passed through Russell County during the Revolutionary era, making the first scientific notations of its flora, fauna and inhabitants. As the appointed botanist of Britain's King George III, he traveled 2,400 miles in three journeys into the southern colonies in 1775-1776, collecting rare plants and specimens and making detailed drawings of plants and animals.
Erected by Erected by Russell County Commission and Alabama Bicentennial Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Spirit of 76, America's Bicentennial Celebration, and the William Bartram Trails marker series.
Location. 32° 16.626′ N, 85° 0.162′ W. Marker is in Phenix City, Alabama, in Russell County. Marker is on State Highway 165. Touch for map. Marker is located next to Oswichee Baptist Church, Est. May 27, 1882, heading West on Al-165N. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Mitchell AL 36856, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fryar Field (approx. 3 miles away); Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church /Macedonia School (approx. 3.3 miles away); Spanish Fort, 1689-1691
Bartram's Trail Marker side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 12, 2011
2. Bartram's Trail Marker side 2
(approx. 3.9 miles away); Pokkecheta, or the Ball Play (approx. 4.8 miles away); J.W. and Ethel I. Woodruff Foundation Interpretive Trail (approx. 4.8 miles away); Indian Ball Ground (approx. 4.8 miles away); Archaeology And Our Understanding of the Creek People (approx. 4.8 miles away); Fort Mitchell and Creek Removal (approx. 4.8 miles away).
Also see . . .  Google Earth. Driving directions to Oswichee Baptist Church (Submitted on October 17, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
Additional comments.
1. Regarding the Royal Appointment
William Bartram was not the king's botanist as this marker claims. John Bartram, William's father, was appointed the King's Botanist for North America in 1765 and held that post until his death in 1777. John Bartram routinely corresponded with a community of persons interested in botany. One such individual was John Fothergill, an English physician and owner of a large botanical garden. Fothergill supported William's expedition through the southern colonies from 1773 until 1777 with payments of £50 per year plus an additional allowance for expenses. During his journey William made shipments to Fothergill that included dried plant specimens,
Oswichee Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 12, 2011
3. Oswichee Baptist Church
zoological and botanical drawings, and a report on his travels. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted February 22, 2012, by Harry Gatzke of Huntsville, Alabama.

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