Archaeologists survey early Alabama highway

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Archaeologists from the University of South Alabama have surveyed an Alabama highway built more than 200 years ago and are working on a guidebook.
The 250-mile Old Federal Road was built before Alabama became a state.
The road was built from Augusta, Ga., to Mobile, with a branch road running to New Orleans and was completed in 1806. The Mobile Press-Register reports that Raven Christopher, a USA staff archaeologist, says a lot of the road can still be driven. Researchers say the guidebook will help the public drive sections of the road and see some of the historical sites along the way.
The highway served postal riders and traders in its early years. Travelers going west from Georgia needed a passport to cross through the Creek Nation.


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