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This trail runs from Russellville, Kentucky to Shawneetown , Indiana.
Between the arrival of first settlers around 1790 and the town's incorporation in 1798, Russellville was known variously as Cook's Station, Logan Court House, Rogues’ Harbour. Settlers decided on the name Russellville to honor war hero General William Russell. It is the county seat of Logan County, one of Kentucky's original counties.
After the Revolution, Shawneetown served as an important United States government administrative center for the Northwest Territory. Shawneetown and Washington, D.C., share the distinction of being the only towns chartered by the United States government. In early November 1803, Lewis and Clark are believed to have stopped at Old Shawneetown on their way to Fort Massac, just down the Ohio River. Old Shawneetown, a banking center, played a role in providing capital to build the western frontier. It is located in the namesake Gallatin County, Illinois. For awhile, Old Shawneetown was the federal administrative center for the Old Northwest Territory.