—Creek Heritage Trail —We do not know the exact date that residents of the community of which Omussee Creek Mound was a part abandoned the mound, but by around 1550 it was definitely in decline. Many believe this may have been part of a broader, regional depopulation due in large part to the spread of diseases brought into the Southeast by European explorers. Hernando De Soto famously explored portions of Alabama and Georgia in the 1540s, and other Europeans were active along the Southeastern coasts shortly after. The historic Creek tribe traces its origins to the banding together of small, scattered groups of native peoples who were displaced during this era. The tribe was comprised of several allied groups living over a wide area of Alabama and Georgia and first recognized as a culturally and politically distinct nation in the late 1600s. Modern Houston County lies in the southernmost reaches of the Creeks' expansive homeland. Creeks today still recognize this area's Mississippian period residents as among their ancestors.
|Placed By||The Historic Chattahoochee Commission, the John P. and Dorothy S. Illges Foundation, Inc., the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16R E 679285 N 3461773|
|Decimal Degrees||31.27648333, -85.11670000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 31° 16.589', W 85° 7.002'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||31° 16' 35.34" N, 85° 7' 0.11999999999999" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 333 Omussee Creek Rd, Columbia AL 36319, US|
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