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Lake Wales in Polk County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Old Indian Trails

Fort Gardner

 

1837

 
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By Dean Moss McCracken, June 1, 2016
1. Old Indian Trails Marker
Inscription. On Kissimmee River sixteen miles northeast of Lake Wales government trail leading to fort crosses highway between Gum Lakes. Lake Rosalee, where Seminole Indians stopped before moving to Everglades, is near this trail.
 
Erected 1935 by Lake Wales Chapter, D.A.R.
 
Location. 27° 54.823′ N, 81° 34.001′ W. Marker is in Lake Wales, Florida, in Polk County. Marker is at the intersection of Burns Avenue (State Road 17) and Tower Boulevard, on the right when traveling east on Burns Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is across Burns Avenue from the entrance to Bok Tower Gardens. Marker is in this post office area: Lake Wales FL 33853, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Railroad in Dundee History (approx. 8.2 miles away); Fort Gardiner (approx. 9 miles away); Chief Chipco (approx. 10 miles away); Site of Fort Clinch (approx. 11 miles away); Historic Pughsville Neighborhood (approx. 11.9 miles away); Florence Villa Training School (approx. 12 miles away); 600 E. Hinson Avenue (approx. 13.9 miles away); 19 N. Sixth Street (approx. 13.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This old and interesting marker is obviously
Old Indian Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dean Moss McCracken, June 1, 2016
2. Old Indian Trails Marker
damaged. The Polk County History Center has been notified of its condition. It was strategically placed at the entrance to one of Florida's oldest tourist attractions.
 
Regarding Old Indian Trails. Fort Gardner is actually spelled Gardiner. Period maps and military records both include the error. The fort was named for Captain George Washington Gardiner who was killed on December 28, 1835 at the Dade Massacre which is credited for starting the Second Seminole Indian War 1835-1842.
 
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Categories. Forts, CastlesNative AmericansRoads & VehiclesWars, US Indian
 
Old Indian Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dean Moss McCracken, June 5, 2016
3. Old Indian Trails Marker
Marker as it appeared in January, 1983. Picture courtesy of The Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library.
Old Indian Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dean Moss McCracken, June 1, 2016
4. Old Indian Trails Marker
Looking east on Burns Avenue. Note Bok Tower Garden entrance.
Old Indian Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dean Moss McCracken, June 5, 2016
5. Old Indian Trails Marker
1860 map of central Florida showing Polk County Seminole Indian War Forts Gardiner, Fraser, Carroll and Cummings. Polk County was established in 1861. Author's collection.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2016, by Dean Moss McCracken of Lakeland, Florida. This page has been viewed 346 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 5, 2016, by Dean Moss McCracken of Lakeland, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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