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Near Cherokee in Colbert County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Colbert Ferry

 
 
Colbert Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
1. Colbert Ferry Marker
Inscription. This scene would have occurred far below the surface of the lake you see now. From 1802 to 1819, George Colbert operated a ferry across the quarter-mile breadth of the powerful Tennessee River. The ferry carried mail, militia, settlers, Indians and renegades over what was considered by many travelers as the worst natural obstacle on the Trace.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
 
Location. 34° 50.277′ N, 87° 56.536′ W. Marker is near Cherokee, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker can be reached from Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 327.3), one mile north of N. Pike (County Road 21). Touch for map. Marker is located at the Colbert Ferry Park at the end of the Park Road that travels east from the restroom facilities. Marker is in this post office area: Cherokee AL 35616, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Safe Crossing (here, next to this marker); George Colbert Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colbert's Stand (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wet, Wild, and Wonderful
Colbert Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
2. Colbert Ferry Marker
Tennessee River in the background
(approx. 0.2 miles away); A Chickasaw Planter (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chickasaw Hospitality (approx. ľ mile away); Trace Travelers (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cherokee.
 
More about this marker. The drawing on the marker has faded by time and elements. See the "Also See ..." section below for a website link to a photograph of the marker in 2001 that shows the markerís drawing.
 
Also see . . .
1. Natchez Trace. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on June 25, 2015.) 

2. Welcome to Tyler's Travels - Colbert Ferry. Includes a photograph of the marker in 2001 that shows the markerís drawing. (Submitted on June 25, 2015.) 
 
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Colbert Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
3. Colbert Ferry Marker
At the end of the road from Colbert Ferry Park
Crossing of the Tennessee River Today image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 4, 2015
4. Crossing of the Tennessee River Today
Photo taken 100 feet north of the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 416 times since then and 120 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 25, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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