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    Trail Of Tears

    National Historic Trail AL,AR,GA,IL,KY,MO,NC,OK,TN


North Little Rock
The Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek, and Seminole all passed through North Little Rock during the Indian Removal period, making the city one of the most important sites on the Trail of Tears. In 2003, North Little Rock’s Riverside Park, on the north bank of the Arkansas River, became a certified site on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. The City of North Little Rock, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, and other groups felt the need to document the Indian Removal story and to provide historic context, so a cost share agreement was worked out between the NPS and the University of Arkansas Little Rock (UALR). Subsequently, Professor Dan Littlefield of UALR and a two-member research team developed the following historic context report. It provided interpreters and park developers with key Removal-related information about North Little Rock and the surrounding area.

Table of Contents (94 KB pdf)
The North Little Rock Site on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail: Historic Contexts Report, 2003 (412 KB pdf)
Illustrations (9.34 MB pdf)

southwest trail
Along the Southwest Trail

Did You Know?

Elkhorn Tavern at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

Thousands of Cherokee people lost their lives during their forced removal from their homelands in the Southeast to the Indian Territory (Oklahoma) in the late 1830s. Road conditions, illness, and miserable weather conditions all took their toll on the Trail of Tears, now a National Historic Trail.