Waterloo Landing was a departure site for Cherokee who had been evicted from their homes and forced to head west to what is now Oklahoma. Back in 1838 this was the Tennessee River. Today the river has been dammed to create Pickwick Lake. Those leaving from this location would have been traveling by steamboat. All there is to do here is stop and read an historical marker.
Jacksonville Alabama by Smith & DeLand
Jacksonville, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, is located half-way between Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia, providing easy access to major urban areas. Historic churches, restored homes, and the unique “public square” help maintain the charm and grace of peaceful, small-town life.
Source: Northern Alabama, historical and biographical by Smith & DeLand 1888
The town of Jacksonville is situated on the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroard, and has a population of from twelve to fifteen hundred people. It was settled in the very earliest history of the county, and while the Indians were still resident here. The county records were destroyed in 1864 by the raid of Federal troops that came through on their way South, and only left one book, which has in it the map of the old town. This book shows the town was laid off in 1833. The county was then named Benton; the earliest settlers were composed of emigrants from the States of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, the lineal descendants of whom comprise a large jiart of its present popu- lation.