Helena and The Trail of Tears
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.
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); Phillips County Goes to War (within shouting distance of this marker); A Union Stronghold in Confederate Arkansas (within shouting distance of this marker); A Great Upheaval (within shouting distance of this marker); Hernando De Soto (within shouting distance of this marker); KFFA 1360 Helena (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Helena (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
Categories. • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 28, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 662 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 28, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.