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

Trail of Tears

Trail of Tears Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 28, 2009
1. Trail of Tears Marker
Inscription. Form the late 1700's to 1807 a Cherokee Chief named Doublehead guarded this area, that was claimed by both the Cherokee and Chickasaw Nations as sacred hunting grounds against encroachment of white settlers.
Chief Doublehead had the reputation of eating flesh from his victims and was a fierce warrior. Greed for land by the states and encroachment of the early European settlers led to dissention between the Native Americans and U.S. Government. This led to President Andrew Jackson's the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and what was later known as Trail of Tears. The Act called for all of the Five Civilized tribes of the Southeast to be relocated to west of the Mississippi River.
In 1837 and 1838 over 4,000 mostly Cherokee were moved west from Ross' Landing in Chattanooga, TN. Down the Tennessee River to the Ohio River, then down the Mississippi to the Arkansas River then west to Oklahoma. Because of the Muscle Shoals being so shallow in this section of the Tennessee River the native Americans were placed on a train in Decatur, AL and traveled to Tuscumbia, AL by railroad to avoid the Muscle Shoals. This section of the Tennessee River between Decatur and Tuscumbia is the only section of the river from Chattanooga to where the Tennessee River empties into the Ohio that is not a part of the National Trail of Tears Route. However, the
Trail of Tears Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 28, 2009
2. Trail of Tears Marker
only railroad that is recognized as a Trail of Tears route is less that 2 miles south of Doublehead Resort. There were thousands of deaths and many escapes on this forced removal. Many people in Alabama are descendants of these escapees and still reside in Alabama today.
Funded by Harvey Robbins Sponsored by: Alabama Waterfowl Association
Erected by Alabama~Tennessee Trail of Tears Corridor Committee.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
Location. 34° 46.471′ N, 87° 25.809′ W. Marker is in Town Creek, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Marker can be reached from Foster Mill Road (County Road 314) half a mile west of Wheeler Dam Road. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Doublehead Resort. Marker is at or near this postal address: 145 County Road 314, Town Creek AL 35672, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The TVA System of Multi-purpose Dams (approx. 3.1 miles away); Saunders~ Hall~ Goode Mansion (approx. 3.7 miles away); Wheeler Dam • Wheeler Reservoir/Locks (approx. 3.9 miles away); Daniel White (approx. 5.7 miles away); Cherokee Chief Doublehead's village around 1800
Doublehead Park image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 28, 2009
3. Doublehead Park
(approx. 5.7 miles away); Elgin/Elgin Crossroads (approx. 5.7 miles away); Covington/Second Creek / Wheeler Dam/Lake (approx. 5.8 miles away); Jesse James Gang Canal Payroll Robbery/Trial of Frank James (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Town Creek.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,662 times since then. Last updated on June 23, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1. submitted on March 18, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   2, 3. submitted on March 22, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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