Atlanta's Ancient Trails

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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, microfilm, Georgia Archives.

Henry County, Inferior Court, Minutes, 1821–1822. Microfilm, Georgia Archives.

State of Georgia, records of the state’s surveyor general, Record Group 003-03-024, 17th District Surveys, Georgia Archives. Field notebooks online.


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

Myer, 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.

United States Geological Service (USGS), various maps, 1889–2014.


Published Sources

Cooper, Walter G. History of Fulton County. Atlanta, GA: W. W. Brown, 1934, reprint 1978.

DeVorsey, Louis. “Indian Trails.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. Online at, 5 April 2014.

Doyle, Anthony. Standing Peachtree Revisited: A Cold Case of Native Provenance. Atlanta, GA: privately published 2011.

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 Sandtown Trail,” Atlanta Historical Bulletin 11, no. 4 (December 1966).

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

______________. 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. 2 (Fall 1950): 30–42.

Lamar, Lucius Q. C. L. A Compilation of the Laws of the State of Georgia, Passed by the Legislature Since the Year 1810 to 1819. Augusta GA: T. S. Hannon, 1821.

Mitchell, Eugene M. ‘The Story of ‘The Standing Peachtree’,” Atlanta Historical Bulletin 1, no. 2 (January 1928): 8–19.