Arkansas Research

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 challenge 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) - below
The North Little Rock Site on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail: Historic Contexts Report, 2003 (412 KB pdf)
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Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction
Part II: Physical Features of the North Little Rock Site and Its Surroundings, 1830-Present
Part III: Removal Routes and Transportation
Part IV: Historical Documentation of Indian Removal Through the North Little Rock Site
Part V: Conditions of Travel
Part VI: Cultural Survival on the Trail
Part VII: Tribal Individuals Who Passed Through the North Little Rock Site
Part VIII: Economic and Social Impact of Removal in Arkansas

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Last updated: May 15, 2019

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