In the early 1800s, this location was a well-known camping spot due to the nearby springs. During removal, thousands of Cherokee camped here on their trek west. It is believed that some died and are buried at this site.
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After their removal to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) in the late 1830s, Cherokee people established tribal government headquarters in Tahlequah, developed a constitution, and maintained a bilingual school system. Their experiencess are commemorated on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.