Atlanta's Ancient Trails

Mapping Atlanta's Early Trails

Sources of Information


Tommy H Jones, 2018



Public Records

DeKalb County, Inferior Court, Minutes, 1823-1853. Microfilm, Georgia Archives.

DeKalb County, Superior Court, Record of Deeds and Mortgages, 1843-1853. Microfilm, Georgia Archives.

Fulton County, Superior Court, Record of Deeds and Mortgages, 1853-1890. Fulton County Courthouse and on microfilm, Georgia Archives.

State of Georgia, Records of the State's Surveyor General, Record Group 003-03-024, District Surveys, 1821, Georgia Archives.



Early, Eleazar. Map of the State of Georgia prepared from actual surveys & other documents." Savannah, Ga.: Eleazer Early; Philadelphia: John Melish and Samuel Harrison, 1818.

Samuel Breese and Sidney E. Morse, "Georgia," 1842, published by Harper and Brothers in 1845.

United States, Army of the Cumberland, Topographical Engineers Office. Atlanta : from Vincent's subdivision map, published by the City Council. Chattanooga TN: 1864.

___________, United States Geological Service (USGS), various maps, 1889-2014. \

___________, Department of War, Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, (Washington DC: 1895).

Vincent, Edward. Vincent's subdivision map of the city of Atlanta, Dekalb County, state of Georgia : showing all the lots, blocks, sections, &c., published in Savannah, GA., 1853. Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.


Published Sources

D'Angelo, James J. "A New Take on an Old Story: Fort Daniel, Fort Peachtree, and the Road that Connected them. " The Heritage 42. no. 3. Gwinnett County Historical Society.

____ "The Original Peachtree Road and Why It Was Built." History. Web. 12 September 2017.

DeVorsey, Louis."Indian Trails." New Georgia Encyclopedia. Accessed on line at, 5 April 2014.

Doyle, Tony. "The Standing Peachtree," at, accessed 19 November 2013.

Flanagan, James C. History of Gwinnett County Georgia 1818-1943 Vol. 1. Lawrenceville, GA: 1943, facsimile reprint by Alice Flanagan, 1995.

Garrett, Franklin. Atlanta and Environs, 2 Vols. (University of Georgia Press, 1954).

Goff, John H. Placenames of Georgia. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1975.

_________. "The Hightower Trail," The Collections of the DeKalb Historical Society 1. Decatur: Ga, 1951.

_________. "The Sandtown Trail," The Atlanta Historical Bulletin 11, no. 4 (December 1966).

Hemperly, Marion R. "Major Indian Trails in Georgia." Map, Georgia Department of Archives and History, 1979.

______________ Historic Indian Trails of Georgia. Atlanta, GA: Garden Club of Georgia, 1989.

Hudgins, Carl T. "DeKalb County Indian Trails," The Collections of the DeKalb Historical Society Vol. 1. Decatur, GA, 1951.

Hudson, Angela Pulley. Creek Paths and Federal Roads: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves and the Making of the American South. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

Kurtz, Wilbur G. "Standing Peachtree," Early Georgia 1, no. 5 (Fall 1950): 31-42.

Meyer, William Edward. "Indian Trails of the Southeast." Forty-second Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1924-1925, 727-854. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1928.

Mitchell, Eugene M. "The Story of the Standing Peachtree," The Atlanta Historical Bulletin I no. 2 (January 1928): 8-19.

Price, Vivian. The History of DeKalb County, Georgia, 1822-1900. Fernandina Beach, FL: Wolfe Publishing Co., 1997.