Jacksonville in Pulaski County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
The Trail of Tears through Jacksonville
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
—National Trails System —
-Arkansas Gazette, February 23, 1831
A Passage to the West
Thousands of Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Muscogee Creek Indians passed by where you are standing as they were forced from their ancestral lands in the east and cross the hundreds of miles to Indian Territory (modern-day Oklahoma). Hundreds would die during the trek, and thousands of others would not survive the hardships of establishing their new homes Local settler Samson Gray, whose home stood northeast of here, contracted with the United States government to supply corn, beef and sait for the displaced Native Americans, as well as oxen to pull their wagons and fodder for their livestock.
"The vast and prodigious efforts made by the general government to rid the interior of our Union of the presence of Indian tribes, have made our State for the present, nothing but a thoroughfare, a theatre, for the march of these tribes to their new homes in the west."
Erected by Department of Arkansas Heritage, Arkansas State Parks, National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
Location. 34° 51.133′ N, 92° 6.796′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Arkansas, in Pulaski County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Trickey Lane and Military Road. Touch for map. Located within Heritage Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 East Trickey Lane, Jacksonville AR 72076, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Memphis to Little Rock Railroad (here, next to this marker); They Passed This Way (a few steps from this marker); The Brigade Moved Forward (a few steps from this marker); Memphis Military Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Shared Gray Jacob Gray (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Reed's Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); A Gallant Charge (approx. half a mile away); Brother Against Brother (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
Also see . . . Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture - Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. (Submitted on April 18, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Native Americans • Notable Events •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 18, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 18, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.