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Bainbridge in Decatur County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

De Soto Trail

1540

 
 
De Soto Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 16, 2012
1. De Soto Trail Marker
Inscription. In this neighborhood Hernando de Soto and his army discovered the inland waters of the Flint river (“the River of Capachequi”) on Friday, March 5, 1540. Leaving the vicinity of the present Tallahassee, Florida, the Spaniards marched northwest, spent the first night by the Ochlockonee River (“the Guacuca”), and reached the Flint two days later at or near the present Bainbridge, where they constructed a barge or “piragua” in which to cross.
 
Erected 1940 by Works Progress Administration for the De Soto Quadri-Centennial 1940. (Marker Number 27 R-6-A.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 30° 54.382′ N, 84° 34.547′ W. Marker is in Bainbridge, Georgia, in Decatur County. Marker is at the intersection of North Broad Street (Business U.S. 27) and East Water Street, on the left when traveling north on North Broad Street. Touch for map. The marker is at the northeast corner of Willis Park. Marker is in this post office area: Bainbridge GA 39817, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bainbridge Volunteers ( within shouting distance of
De Soto Trail	 Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 16, 2012
2. De Soto Trail Marker
this marker); El Camino Real ( within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of Revolutionary Soldiers ( within shouting distance of this marker); Decatur County ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Presbyterian Church ( about 500 feet away); Camp Recovery ( approx. 0.2 miles away); The J.D. Chason Memorial Park / The J.D. Chason Memorial Park History ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Scott Memorial ( approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bainbridge.
 
Also see . . .  De Soto in Georgia. The New Georgia Encyclopedia describes De Soto's journeys in Georgia. (Submitted on June 3, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
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De Soto Trail	 Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 16, 2012
3. De Soto Trail Marker
Looking north on North Broad Street (US 27 Business), right, at the intersection with East Water Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 2, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 2, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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