Driving Tour

History

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Driving down into th evalley heading west on Hwy 33, you enter the area settled in the 1850's by a mixed race pioneer, Macajah Revels. This valley was populated by dozens of Revels' descendants through the early 20th century. The Revels Cemetery is located on an abandoned town road about 1/4 mile south of Hwy 33. Although this valley is now known as Cheyenne, earlier it was also referred to as Revels' Valley.

The great majority of African-American immigrants who arrived in Vernon County in the last half of the 1800's settled in the 36 square mile Town of Forest. The Forest Town Hall is located about 1/4 mile south-west of the foundation of the original Cheyenne School. Many of the children who attended school there were multi-racial. This valley has long been known as Cheyenne, although the origin of the name is unclear.


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