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Historical Ferry & Ford Crossings

GAZETTEER

U.S.A.

A Resource for Researching Ancestral 
Locations, Historic Roads, & Migration Routes

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Introduction

Introduction

These web-pages were developed as a supplement to the information provided regarding our webpage  about Tools for Finding Ancestral Locations and our website Historical American Roads, Trails and Migration Routes.  Click on the link to the State you are interested in reviewing. 

As our ancestors travelled throughout the vast areas of America between the 17th and early 20th centuries their experiences were usually marked by the geographic features they were required to overcome or the locales in which they choose to stop and rest.  River crossings and landings, mountain passes and gaps as well as springs and wells were usually places they would document on their maps, in diaries, letters, and memoirs.   Knowing where these sites are located will greatly enhance our ability to trace our ancestors travels to new homes and opportunities.   

Each gazetteer contains information about the physical, cultural, and historical features found in each U.S. State as well as a listing a listing of definitions for each of the feature classifications.  Geographical physical features are defined as the visible natural occurring features on the Earth's surface. Some of these physical features include hills, mountains, water bodies such as lakes, rivers, ponds, the sea and oceans.  Within the context of geography a cultural feature is defined as a landscape feature that was created or shaped by humans, as distinguished from a natural geographic feature.   The geographical historical features within the gazetteers are generally defined as no longer existing and are no longer visible on the landscape.  Examples: a dried up lake, a destroyed building, a hill leveled by mining. The term makes no reference to the age, size, population, use, or any other aspect of the feature. A ghost town, for example, is not a historical feature if it is still visible.  We’ve included historical military and civilian forts as part of this category although in some cases the site may not strictly conform to the aforementioned definition of a geographical historical feature.  

Unlike other websites that rely solely upon the GNIS database for their listings we have incorporated many more names, and places from additional resources such as topographic software programs, historical, and family history websites.   Below you will find our comprehensive listings and links to natural as well as cultural geographical features documented for this U.S. State.  Most entries are located at the US HomeTownLocator website.  Each entry usually contains the name, county, state and locale in which it is or was located, as well as the coordinates of longitude and latitude.  These listings have a link to a map to further examine the location of your selection.   Other links will provide you with direct access to the location via Google Maps.

This webpage will be updated periodically as new information is acquired.  If you have any questions or a name you would like to submit please contact us via the address provided at the About This  Webpage section herein.

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General Resources

·         US Hometown Locator (Historic & Cultural Features)

·         National Atlas of U.S. Rivers

·         List of Rivers in the United States (Wikipedia)

·         Category:Rivers of the United States by state

·         Topo Maps by State

·         List of ghost towns in the United States (Wikipedia)

·         Fort Wiki

·         List of forts in the United States (Wikipedia)

·         North American Forts

·         Landings on All the Western and Southern Rivers & Bayous

·         River Ferries of the Middle Mississippi River Valley

·         Linkpendium by U.S. State

Use the link at the right to find the locations of Cemeteries, Churches, Locales,

Schools, Military Installations,  Populated Places, Post Offices, Streams, and Trails

 

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