National Park Service Press Release

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park - This month’s National Park Getaway
For Immediate Release:
March 04, 2014
Contact(s):   Heather Tassin, 256-234-7111, heather_tassin@nps.gov


Horseshoe Bend National Military Park - This month’s National Park Getaway

DAVISTON, Ala. – Nature has many ways of providing protection. It’s obvious in the armor-like shell of a loggerhead sea turtle, the sharp spines of a saguaro cactus, or the deadly venom of a rattlesnake. Nature provided a landscape-sized protection in the shape of a sharp horseshoe bend of the Tallapoosa River to the people of several Upper Creek towns of present-day Alabama.

These Creek people, also known as Red Sticks, chose this site, surrounded by water on three sides, to establish the village of Tohopeka in the waning days of 1813 as a safe haven during the Creek War of 1813-1814 and the War of 1812. The Red Stick warriors knew a battle with rival Creek tribes and the U.S. military was imminent, and they waited. Read more

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