Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
1838 Cherokee Removal & Trail of Tears
On June 6, the first party of approximately 800 Cherokees left Ross’s Landing aboard a 100-ton steamboat and six flatboats on the journey to the west. A second group of 875 Cherokees left the landing on June 13th aboard six flatboats. A third contingent of 1,070 Cherokees was sent overland by wagons on June 17th. It is believed the overland route crossed the lower portion of what is now Renaissance Park and then traveled Moccasin Bend to Brown’s Ferry where they crossed the river again into Lookout Valley. There were numerous other groups leaving from other sites and taking different routes during the remainder of 1838.
Today, the meandering bands of paths through the forest at Renaissance Park commemorate this historic event. Located directly across the river is Ross’s Landing, the Passage celebrates Native American heritage an honors their contributions to this community.
Marker series. This Trail of Tears marker series.
Location. 35° 3.6′ N, 85° 18.55′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on River Street. Touch for map. The marker is located in Renaissance Park. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37405, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Occupied Chattanooga (a few steps from this marker); Camp Contraband (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); United States Colored Troops (about 400 feet away); Union Block House (about 400 feet away); 1864 Military Bridge (about 500 feet away); Trail of Tears (approx. ¼ mile away); 1790 John Ross 1866 (approx. ¼ mile away); Chattanooga's First Citizens (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
Categories. • Native Americans •
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