Our oldest wagon roads frequently lay atop Native American trails.
'Tis the Season to be out in the woods; visibility good and bugs attenuated.The solstice is over, we are on the way to garden flowers erupting in the middle of nowhere season. Owing to climate change, that season creeps further up into what we used to call "winter". We'll start looking for daffodils in January this year. Last year it was in February\, and the year before that April. We remember when it was an April-May event.
Bridge design and location:
|Very old bridge abutment !a Orange County, NC, Stoney/
Stones Creek viewed from East, river-left bank
|East (river-left)bank causeway abutment 1b viewed from west bank
|Very old bridge abutment 2 and causeway viewed from east, along causeway.
|Another attempt to capture causeway at bridge 2
These bridges inspire a degree of envy. The jack-leg bridge builders have a monument speaking to us more than 250 years later. Show me a structure in your neighborhood with that potential and I'll honor the forethought.
Trail marker trees/Trail threes
|Trail marker tree 3 (?) so it seems. It was found within 20 yards of the wagon road associated with the bridges
There are a few regional organizations laboring to find and record their trail trees (in Texas, around the Great Lakes and elsewhere) and there is one national database. So as to promote the widest possible inclusion and because the full parameter set for a trail tree is yet to be defined, some mud got into the stream of time (the database(s) contain some sketchy trees). But it is not fatal, scholars will sort it out in time.
Meanwhile we will register the first two or three trail trees east of the mountains in NC. It is likely that the NC State Archaeologist will have on hand plenty of environmental impact research reports some of which will undoubtedly note trail trees. Some bright, young grad student might enjoy harvesting those artifacts on the land.
I bet that if enough of us stormed into the woods after killing season and before tick season we can find twenty-five more trail markers this year.