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Fort Mitchell opened the door to the West

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FORT MITCHELL, Ala. - In the early part of the 1800's, both Georgia and Mississippi had already become states.Alabama was still largely under Native American control.

Settlers moving westward needed a safe place to cross the Chattahoochee River. They found that place in what is now Fort Mitchell.

Increasing hostility from the local Native American tribe known as the Creek Indians, created a need for a safe haven settlers and travelers alike. The first fort was built.

"It was a military infantry training. Kind of much like Fort Benning is," says Joel Slocumb, director of the Fort Mitchell Historical Site. "They trained here and went to fight in several places around the area."

On that site - located just five miles south of State Route 431 - visitors can visit the rebuilt fort and adjacent museum.There is also a site in memory of the natives, who were eventually pushed westward during the trail of tears. The facility is open Thursday through Sunday.

James Brierton

James joined WRBL News 3 with experience from CNN, NBC News and his own hyper-local news site. He manages the WRBL News 3 Web desk. More>>

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