My good SparkFriend, JUNEPA, posted some trivia about our local Fort Fraser Trail, after I posted pictures of the southern part that I ran-walked yesterday :
"I looked up Ft Fraser to see which Fraser it is named after. The province I live in has many places named Fraser because Simon Fraser was the first explorer to follow the Fraser River the width of our province from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. I live on the Fraser River in the Fraser Valley. Your Fraser was Upton Fraser, captain in the U.S. Army who was killed by Seminole Indians in the March to Fort King on December 28, 1835."
So that got me thinking about our trail. There are markers on it that I have skimmed but perhaps I should pay more attention. Luckily, Martin wanted to walk Fort Frazier this morning, so we went from the trail head, south 2 miles, and back.
I stopped long enough to snap pictures of the markers we passed and then scurried to catch up:
I think you can read that sign about the fort. The only thing near this former site of Fort Fraser now is a field that last year had summer squash growing in it, but right now is lying fallow. Nothing remains of the fort.
Probably can't read this one:
"In the 1800's many slaves from Georgia and Alabama fled to Florida to live among the Seminoles. These slaves had been trained in agriculture on the plantations, and this knowledge helped the Seminole farmers thrive. The plantation owners wanted their runaway slaves in Florida to be returned. The Seminoles refused to give back these slaves so the government of Georgia sent troops to hunt them down.
"The Seminole Indians had sided with England during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. The United States government sent General Andrew Jackson to Florida where he raided Seminole villages to keep the Indians from fighting on the side of England. After the war the white settlers claimed all of Florida. The Seminoles were furious and raided the settlers. This was called the First Seminole War. The war ended in 1819."
This sign has weathered and needs restoration:
"Many of the Florida pioneers raised cattle and would keep herds on the open flatlands; in much the same way as was done in the old west. Whips were used in cattle drives and in herding them. From the sound of the "crack" of the whips, the pioneers and their descendants came to be known as "Crackers", much as the name "Cowboys" came to describe the cattle herders of the old west. Since that time the term "Cracker" has come to represent a style of architecture, design, and lifestyle that is reminiscent of simpler times." There are some lovely homes near the trail, but there are still more cattle living by the trail than people.
So between yesterday and today, I went on more than 3.5 of the 7.5 mile trail. I wonder if there is a marker that tells more about Upton Fraser, probably in between where I was yesterday and where I was today. There is a historical museum in Bartow that specializes in local history, so I'm sure I could find out more. Perhaps I will.
So, I just went to get some exercise and got interested in local history. Thanks, June, for your interest and the information.
PS Good eating day yesterday. Scale looking better, although still a couple pounds more than I want.
PPS I did find more info online about our Fraser: