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Early History of Native American Trails

Historical trails, often called "traces" or "paths" contributed to the migration and settlement of large portions of the United States. Many trails were well established by the time Europeans immigrated to the colonies. The original 'travelers' on the trails were probably various types of wildlife as they moved from place to place in search of grazing lands, salt sources and fresh water. Native Americans were familiar with trails and utilized them for thousands of years prior to settlement by Europeans. The paths were also used to wage war, thus the term: “War Path”. Because they were often well worn, relatively easy to follow and led to grazing lands and fresh water Europeans utilized them as well on foot, horseback and with wagons. Many of these trails, or portions of them, were eventually utilized in the construction of roads and highways in modern times.

History of the Venango Path

A Native American Trail that ran from the "Forks of the Ohio" (modern day Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) to Presque Isle, Pennsylvania. The trail was named for the American Indian village of Venango located at the mouth of the French Creek where it empties into the Allegheny River. The trail has great historic import and a wonderful history of its own.

George Washington and the Venango Path

In December of 1753, George Washington, together with Christopher Gist (Gist's Trace)