Striker Town

Striker Town was a Cherokee Indian village established in what is now Cherokee County sometime after 1819, when the first refugee Cherokees arrived in East Texas, and before 1838, when they were expelled by the Republic of Texas government. The townsite is just west of present Lake Striker on land now owned by the Texas Power and Light Company. An ancient road from Trammel's Trace ran through or near the town on its way northwest to the great saline on the Neches River in the area of present Smith County. The Texas Cherokees, mostly Chickamaugans from the lower towns on the Tennessee River near Lookout Mountain, fled west to escape fighting along the advancing White frontier in the early 1800s. The name Striker was well-known among the Cherokees. One Indian history includes the name Middlestriker in a list of Cherokees known to hate Whites. Although there is no evidence this person migrated to Texas, others on the list including the Bowl, Young Tassel, and the Tail (brother of Bob the Bench) moved to Texas. Since no complete roster of Texas Cherokees exists, the namesake of Striker Town cannot be identified.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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