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Fayetteville in Lincoln County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Bell's Route Trail of Tears

Memphis-Lincoln Co.-Chattanooga

 
 
Bell's Route Trail of Tears Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 24, 2014
1. Bell's Route Trail of Tears Marker
Inscription.  During 1837 and 1838, a forced removal plan of the native people was implemented consisting of the removal of the tribal people of Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole.

Lieutenant Edward Deas, escorted one of the last groups to be removed (the “so called treaty party”) along the route known as the “Bell’s Route” named for Mr. John Bell a Cherokee who traveled with the group.

During the late October and early November 1838, the group passed through Lincoln County and Fayetteville on their way to Oklahoma. Lt. Deas purchased various supplies from the local farmers and merchants. Many of the people who began the long journey to Oklahoma perished along the trail which came to be known as “The Bell’s Route of the Trail of Tears.”
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the Trail of Tears series list.
 
Location. 35° 9.068′ N, 86° 34.145′ W. Marker is in Fayetteville, Tennessee, in Lincoln County. Marker is on Elk Avenue South

Bell's Route Trail of Tears Marker-Courthouse is in the background image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 24, 2014
2. Bell's Route Trail of Tears Marker-Courthouse is in the background
. The marker is on the grounds of the Lincoln County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fayetteville TN 37334, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Park Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln County in the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Martyred (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Women of the Confederacy (about 400 feet away); Fayetteville Stone Bridge (Scale Replica) (approx. half a mile away); Fayetteville Calaboose Door (approx. half a mile away); Fayetteville Stone Bridge (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fayetteville.
 
Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, Seminole marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 24, 2014
3. Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, Seminole marker
Never to be Forgotten Memorial made possible by First Nations People. Stone Donated by Trail of Tears Remembrance Assoc. & Frito-Lay-Native American Network-Lincoln County Courthouse Grounds
Bell's Route Trail of Tears Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 26, 2020
4. Bell's Route Trail of Tears Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 9, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 456 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 9, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   4. submitted on August 18, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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