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About The Trace

  • About The Trace

What is the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, or how were they formed, what do they do, and exactly which region do they encompass?

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Chattahoochee Trace

The Chattahoochee Trace of Alabama and Georgia, a pleasing blend of Old South traditions and New South innovations, is a fascinating place to visit and live.

The Chattahoochee Trace promotes heritage tourism, history eduction, and historic preservation.  A mecca for history buffs, campers, hunters, cyclists, and vacationers, endless historic and recreational attractions are here to be explored and enjoyed. Indian mounds, historic buildings, covered bridges and old mills, championship golf courses, lunker-filled lakes, pilgrimages, and festivals abound throughout the resplendent Chattahoochee Trace where the romanticism of the past blends readily with the spirit of the present.

The Chattahoochee Trace is an eighteen county region in Alabama and Georgia promoted by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission (HCC). Organized in 1970. In 1978 the Georgia General Assembly and the Alabama Legislature passed identical legislation to establish an interstate compact for the operation of the Commission. Final approval of the compact came in October of that year when the same bill cleared the U.S. Congress and President Carter signed it into law. Alabama counties include Barbour, Chambers, Dale, Henry, Houston, Lee, and Russell; Georgia counties include Chattahoochee, Clay, Decatur, Early, Harris, Muscogee, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole, Stewart, and Troup.

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Chattahochee Indian Heritage Center

The Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center is located in Russell County adjacent to the Fort Mitchell National Historic Landmark Park, and is open to visitors free of charge during park hours.

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The center, dedicated during a Native American heritage celebration on October 4-5, 2002, features a sculpture and other installations honoring the Creek Indians who once occupied the lower Chattahoochee Valley of Alabama and Georgia. Interpretive markers explaining Creek heritage can be viewed along a walking trail bordered with plantings that represent the traditional species used for food, medicine, and ceremonies by the region's Indian groups. A ball field modeled on the traditional stickball fields of the Creeks and other southeastern Indian peoples is a prominent feature of the park.

The focal point of the park is a 21-foot-high steel and bronze sculpture representing the Sacred Fire that sat at the heart of every Creek town and is surrounded by other symbols sacred to the Creeks. The four granite blocks represent four ears of corn placed on the fire, and at the base, four granite slabs point in the cardinal directions and represent the four logs of the fire. The entire sculpture is set inside a ring of four planting beds representing the four cardinal directions and holding four large horizontal bronze panels inscribed with the names listed on the Creek Indian census of 1833. The design is a symbolic recreation of an Indian town square. Periodic public programs are scheduled at the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center by the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Association in cooperation with other groups including Columbus State University.