Tri-City Ledger -

By Kevin McKinley
Guest Writer 

Along the coach roads of time


January 16, 2020

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Matthew and Drucella Anderson operated the Anderson stage stop in Monroe County, Alabama. Matthew served in the Confederate militia and was a farmer. The stage stop included livery stables, an inn and a well for travelers.

In the early days of Alabama the stage coach was king of the road. It was an era of virgin pine forests, unadulterated creeks and swampy low lands which could make travel lonely and dangerous.

Many roads were constructed or improved for military purposes, such as the Old Stage Road. It has been said Highway 97 in Northwest Florida was an old British military road. The Fort Montgomery to Fort Crawford Road, which was situated high on the east bank of Murder Creek was another major transportation artery. Another Fort Crawford connection was the Fort Crawford to Fort Gaines Road. Numerous pi...

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