Pavement Ends
James Baughn

Turn off the beaten path at Hamburg Hill

Posted Monday, May 10, 2010, at 2:01 PM


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  • Looks fascinating! And just a little dangerous...

    James, I've been trying to reach you about a Bloomfield Road expedition! You don't pay any attention to your emails, do you???

    -- Posted by goat lady on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 4:21 PM
  • The Hamburg Road was a very important road in the 1800s. It connected with Bainbridge in Missouri. It was used by the Cherokees on the Trail of Tears in 1838. From Jonesboro IL they could take either the Hamburg-Bainbridge Road to the south or the Willard Landing-Greens Ferry Road to the north. If they took the former road, they would go northwest from Bainbridge to join the Greens Ferry Road, via Egypt Mills or following Bainbridge Creek. Swales of this old road are still present at the south edge of the TOT State Park.

    -- Posted by WILLIAM SHELL on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 4:38 PM
  • Wow, I completely forgot about the Trail of Tears connection. Doing a quick search, I found this map from 1836 showing the Jonesboro to Hamburg road:


    This PDF gives information about the swales still present in Trail of Tears State Park:


    -- Posted by James Baughn on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 5:14 PM