Three Notch in Bullock County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Three Notch Road
Built by U.S. Army engineers over the summer of 1824, Three Notch Road has served as Bullock County’s major transportation route throughout its history. It was constructed to facilitate military communication between Pensacola in Florida and Ft. Mitchell in Alabama near the Georgia border. The 233-mile path through a virtual wilderness was known as Road No. 6 in official reports, but was known and named locally for the distinctive horizontal notches blazed into trees by advancing surveyors as they marked the route for the builders who followed. Capt. Daniel Burch oversaw construction of the road which was wide enough to allow “carriages, carts, wagons, &c.” and included “substantial wooden bridges” over those streams which were not so wide as to require ferries to cross.
Three Notch Road was the major thoroughfare for those coming from Georgia into present-day Bullock County when eastern Alabama was opened to American settlement with the removal of the Indians. The road entered the county from the north near Guerryton, crossed the Chunnenuggee Ridge at Enon, and continued south to Ft. Watson, as the community of Three Notch was
Erected 2011 by the Bullock County Historical Society, Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 32° 6.412′ N, 85° 34.694′ W. Marker is in Three Notch, Alabama, in Bullock County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 82 and County Road 35, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 82. Touch for map. Marker is well off the road near a large tree. It is about 10 miles east of the Union Springs city limits. Marker is in this post office area: Union Springs AL 36089, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Merritt School Midway Community Center (approx. 3.6 miles away); First Baptist Missionary Church 1875 (approx. 3.6 miles away); Midway Baptist Church (approx. 3.9 miles away); Confederate Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Town of Midway St. James C.M.E. Church (approx. 4.2 miles away); Aberfoil Community (approx. 6.9 miles away); Indian Treaty Boundary Line (approx. 8.1 miles away).
Regarding Three Notch Road. The origin of "Three Notch" came from the practice of marking trees with three blazes or notches to show the way of a trail or route for creating a new road.
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Also see . . .
1. Andalusia Star News article on the Three Notch & Old Federal Road. (Submitted on October 14, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Andalusia Star News article on the Three Notch Road. (Submitted on October 14, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 333 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 14, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.