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Waynesville in Pulaski County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Discover a Hidden History

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2020
1. Discover a Hidden History Marker
Inscription.  

Welcome to Waynesville's lush Laughlin Park, along the banks of the historic Roubidoux Creek. Along with its beauty and recreational opportunities, this place also played a part in one of the most tragic periods in American history, the Trail of Tears.

From 1837 to 1839, the US government forced the Cherokee and four other Indian nations to leave their homelands and relocate to Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma. Cherokee who had been driven from their homes in the East passed through this area on the Trail of Tears, and some camped along Roubidoux Creek in what is now Laughlin Park.

As you explore this one-mile trail, look for exhibits to learn more about the Trail of Tears and the history of this area.

[Balance of marker is informational, not historical]
 
Erected 2015 by National Park Service, City of Waynesville, and Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersEnvironmentNative AmericansParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 37° 

Discover a Hidden History Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2020
2. Discover a Hidden History Marker
49.571′ N, 92° 12.189′ W. Marker is in Waynesville, Missouri, in Pulaski County. Marker is on Superior Road south of Old U.S. Route 66 (Business Interstate 44), on the right when traveling south. Marker is in Roy Laughlin Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waynesville MO 65583, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Trail of Tragedy (within shouting distance of this marker); A Resting Place for the Weary (within shouting distance of this marker); What is the Trail of Tears? (within shouting distance of this marker); A Road Through History (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waynesville Fort (about 800 feet away); Rigsby House and Standard Oil Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Frigid Crossing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pulaski County (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waynesville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail. (Submitted on October 16, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of the Cherokee People. (Submitted on October 16, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Trail of Tears (Jack Baker talk on C-Span, 2020). (Submitted on October 16, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Waynesville Cherokee Encampment at Roubidoux Spring. (Submitted on October 16, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Entrance to Laughlin Park off Old U.S. Route 66 image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2020
3. Entrance to Laughlin Park off Old U.S. Route 66
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 16, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 16, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on October 17, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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