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Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

A “Trace” of the Past

 
 
A "Trace" of the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 5, 2014
1. A "Trace" of the Past Marker
Inscription.
...we walked by a corduroy road two or three miles across the spit of land enclosed by the bend in the river.
Henry Y. Thompson
November 24, 1863


The road trace you see before you is rich with history. In 1805, the surrounding forest echoed with the sounds of chopping as a new road was being cut through the Cherokee Nation. For more than 30 years, wagons transporting mail and trade goods across the Southeast creaked, jostled, and jerked along this road. However, in 1838, heartache filled the air as Cherokee passed over this trace moving toward Brown's Ferry on a small portion of what became known as the Trail of Tears.

Twenty five years later, cannon blasts and yells of soldiers rang out in the distance. An English traveler climbed out of a boat at Brown's Ferry, bound for Chattanooga on this recently corduroyed, or log-lined, road. Henry Y. Thompson may have stopped on the road long enough to peer toward the fog enshrouded mountain in the distance, making him an eyewitness to the Battle of Lookout Mountain, famously called, "The Battle Above the Clouds."

Although not sketched on Moccasin Bend, the above rendering of a corduroy road during the Civil War shows how the ground beneath you possibly looked in 1863.
 
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A "Trace" of the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 5, 2014
2. A "Trace" of the Past Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an image from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, showing the construction of a corduroy road.
Friends of Moccasin Bend National Park (through a grant by the Lyndhurst Foundation).
 
Location. 35° 3.508′ N, 85° 19.893′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Pineville Road and Manufacturers Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located inside of the Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District, a short distance from the roadway and the public parking area, along the walking trail as you first enter into the woods. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37405, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brown's Ferry Federal Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Finding a Hidden Treasure (approx. 0.3 miles away); Crossing into History (approx. half a mile away); Re-Opening the Tennessee River (approx. 0.9 miles away); Negley's and Wilder's Demonstrations Against Chattanooga (approx. 0.9 miles away); Boynton Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Battle of Chattanooga, 1st Day, Nov. 23 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Battle of Chattanooga, 2d Day, Nov. 24. (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
More about this marker. This marker is the second marker, in a series of four (4)
A "Trace" of the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 5, 2014
3. A "Trace" of the Past Marker
View from the opening in the fence at the edge of the clearing, looking southwest, of the maker that is situated just inside of the woods, along the walking trail.
markers that mark the footpath, used to walk portions of the old Brown's Ferry Federal Road, from the present day roadway, to the Tennessee River, and then back, a journey of about 1.2 miles, round-trip.
 
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A "Trace" of the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 5, 2014
4. A "Trace" of the Past Marker
View from the opening in the fence at the edge of the clearing, looking northeast, in the opposite direction of the maker, towards the beginning of the walking trail.
A "Trace" of the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 5, 2014
5. A "Trace" of the Past Marker
View of the marker, looking southwest, at the walking trail as it goes through the woods beyond the marker.
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 5, 2014
6. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
The featured marker is being used to mark "Brown's Ferry Federal Road" and the "Trail of Tears National Historic Trail."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 9, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 272 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 9, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   6. submitted on June 10, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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