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Helena in Phillips County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Helena and The Trail of Tears

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, January 17, 2012
1. Helena and The Trail of Tears Marker
Inscription. "The steamer Warren brought news... of the loss of the steamboat Monmouth, and the death of at least one-half of her infamously crowded passengers. This fatal, and most appalling, accident arose from a collision between these two boats; but from the best intelligence we can procure the blame rests upon the Monmouth, ... Six hundred {Creek} were jammed into this boat... and three hundred have perished." - Arkansas Gazette, November 28, 1837.

The Water Route to the Indian Territory
Here, Helena residents of the 1830s watched tens of thousands of Cherokee, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek), and Chickasaw pass by as they traveled the Mississippi River. Passengers on steamboats, flatboats, and keelboats, they were on their way to the Arkansas River, and ultimately, to Indian Territory- what is now Oklahoma.

Thousands would die, victims of the hardships of the forced relocation from the southeastern United States.

Helena, founded in 1820, was a bustling port by the time the removal detachments passed by while traveling west on the Mississippi River to Indian Territory.
 
Erected by Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
 
Location.

Helena and The Trail of Tears Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, January 17, 2012
2. Helena and The Trail of Tears Marker
34° 31.342′ N, 90° 35.123′ W. Marker is in Helena, Arkansas, in Phillips County. Marker is on Missouri St.. Click for map. This marker is beside "They passed this way", and near The Battle of Helena markers. Marker is in this post office area: Helena AR 72342, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. They Passed This Way (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Helena (a few steps from this marker); Hernando De Soto (within shouting distance of this marker); KFFA 1360 Helena (within shouting distance of this marker); The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Helena (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "the gun boat Tyler saved the day " (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Hell-in-Arkansas" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sacred Heart Academy (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Helena.
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
Helena and The Trail of Tears Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, January 17, 2012
3. Helena and The Trail of Tears Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 611 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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