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  • Monument Name

    Indian Trading Path Marker, Charlotte

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    American Indian Monuments

    Colonial History

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • Creator

    Chas Fagan, Charlotte, NC, Sculptor

  • City

    Charlotte

  • County

    Mecklenburg

  • Description

    The Indian Trading Path marker is an upright granite stone with a rounded top and a bronze plaque inset into the front. The plaque has a rounded left side but is straight on all other edges, the bottom edge being shorter than the top edge. On the rounded site is a relief sculpture of a Catawba Indian. A small dedication plaque is inset into the rear.

  • Inscription

    THE ROAD NOW KNOWN AS TYRON STREET WAS / ONCE AN INDIAN TRADING PATH, WHICH STRETCHED / OVER 800 MILES FROM THE CHEROKEE NATION IN / THE SOUTH TO THE IROQUOIS IN THE NORTH. IT WAS / KNOWN AS THE GREAT WARRIORS PATH, THE IRO- / QUOIS PATH, OR THE ROAD TO THE CATAWBA / NATION.

    THIS PATH CONNECTED THE POPULOUS CATAWBA / INDIAN NATION SETTLEMENTS 20 MILES SOUTH OF / CHARLOTTE (NEAR PRESENT-DAY ROCK HILL) TO / THEIR BITTER ENEMY THE IROQUOIS TRIBES OF NEW / YORK. OTHER NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES IN THE / MECKLENBURG REGION IN THE COLONIAL PERIOD / INCLUDED THE SUGAREES, SHUTEREES, ESAWS AND / WAXHAWS.

    OVER TIME THE PATH BECAME A MAJOR ARTERY OF / COMMERCE IN THE AMERICAN COLONIES. KNOWN / AS THE GREAT WAGON ROAD IT STRETCHED FROM / PHILADELPHIA TO THE BACKCOUNTRY OF NORTH AND / SOUTH CAROLINA.

    THIS SECTION OF THE ROAD WAS NAMED TYRON / STREET IN HONOR OF COL. WILLIAM TYRON, THE / ROYAL GOVERNOR OF NORTH CAROLINA FROM / 1765-1771.

  • Custodian

    City of Charlotte

  • Dedication Date

    Circa 2015

  • Decade

    2010s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.224700 , -80.846500 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Beaty, Artie. "Liberty Walk," About Charlotte (accessed June 20, 2014) Link

      Davis, Jr., R.P. 2006. “Great Trading Path,” NCPedia.org, (accessed May 24, 2017) Link

      “Charlotte Liberty Walk,” Mecklenburg Historical Association, (accessed February 22, 2017) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze on granite

  • Sponsors

    Mecklenburg Historical Association and The May 20th Society

  • Subject Notes

    The Liberty Hall monument was incorporated into the Charlotte Liberty Walk, a public/private partnership celebrating the revolutionary history of the City of Charlotte. This 1 mile trail dedicated in 2012 links important sites in the revolutionary history of Charlotte. The Trading Path is Marker 3 along the walk. Other markers include the Liberty Hall (Marker 4); Battle of Charlotte (Marker 1); Ishmael Titus (Marker 2); British Encampment plaque (Marker 6), and Queen Charlotte Walks in Her Garden sculpture (Marker 12).

  • Location

    The marker is located on the sidewalk at 401 South Tyron Street in Charlotte.

  • Landscape

    The marker stands between scarce trees planted along the street.

  • Post Dedication Use

    Guided and self-guided "Charlotte Liberty Walk" historic tours.

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