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The Return Walk to Tuscumbia and Oka Kapassa Festival

| 9/27/2012 10:30:41 PM

1830 Tuscumbia Alabama was the site of the first railroad west of the Appalachian Mountains. The two mile rail connected town with the Tennessee River at Tuscumbia Landing and utilized a horse-drawn car.  Back then the Tennessee River in our area was not nice to navigation as it was mostly shoals and rapids.  To take a keelboat through the shoals required a lot of muscle, hence the name of one of the cities in the area known as Muscle Shoals. A means of getting around the bad stretch of river from Tuscumbia to Decatur was needed and a forty one mile railroad was built. The first steam engine was used in 1834 and horses were phased out.  This route was a major route of the Trail of Tears 

  incoming geese 

     waterfalls turned off 

 The tenth annual Walk to Tuscumbia from Tuscumbia Landing along the Tennessee River in Sheffield to Spring Park took place Saturday September 8, 2012.  It is part of the Oka Kapassa Festival which commemorates the kindness of the citizens of Tuscumbia while the Indians were forced to relocate to Oklahoma.  Along the way they had encountered hardships, beating, starvation and theft of their property along the Trail of Tears corridor except in the city of Tuscumbia.  Here they were given food, clothes shelter and a doctor before living the area through Tuscumbia Landing. 

   TL 7109 

   Chickasaw George Stephenson from Colorado 7115 

Mary Carton
10/1/2012 1:36:55 AM

Thanks Dave, I really didn't know the magnitude of the history of my area until I started taking pictures for the town's calendar. We had to take Alabama history in high school, but local history wan't covered much. If it was, I was too young to appreciate it. To walk on the same yard that Helen Keller, W C Handy walked on is just awesome. So much history even in modern times. A nearby town Muscle Shoals was the hit capital of the world in the 60's. I used to live down the street from a home owned by Fame Music that those recording at Fame stayed out. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

9/30/2012 1:08:58 PM

Mary, the walk is a great way to remember the love that a town gave to a bad situation. I would expect that spirit is still alive and well in the descendants of that area. Being on the very spot where history has happened really does bring emotion when thoughts turn toward what actually happened. Even though about 180 years have pasted the influence of those loving acts of kindness are still having an effect on that area. What a great thing to celebrate. Have a great day remembering history.

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