Discussions of travel during our ancestors time reminded me of other stories
of bygone days in our area.
Official War Between the States records show that in the 1860s Federal
General Grant took a row boat from Chattanooga, Tn. all the way down
the Tennessee River to Stevenson, Alabama, about 40 miles. Who would think
about doing that today. My Dad tells of a trip with his Dad from Bridgeport
to Langston, Alabama, down the Tennessee also in a row boat during one
Winter around 1928. He says going down river in those days was easy because
of the swift river current that existed before TVA built river dams and
slowed the water.
And for certain, horse back travel allowed the old timers to take short cuts
in travel that we do not even think about today. They also did not mind
walking long distances. My Grandfather on my Mothers side, The Jones, took
many walking trips from Sand Mountain to the Powder Springs, Ga. and back
area during his younger days. He never drove a car in his whole life and
lived until the 1970s.
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