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The Arkansas Heritage Trails

Updated on January 29, 2019
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Lori has traveled Arkansas from the backwoods to the Capitol. GPS, frugal travel

Heritage Trail - The Trail of Tears in Arkansas

The State of Arkansas General Assembly of 2009 approved The Arkansas Heritage Historic Trail routes and Signage.

By 2011, signage marked The Heritage Trails; The Butterfield Trail, Civil War Trails, The Southwest Trail, and The Trail of Tears could be found along Arkansas Highways, Roads and Interstate. Signs mark the different trails as they occurred historically and geographically throughout the State of Arkansas.

In Central, Arkansas, Trail of Tears routes run from Little Rock, along Stagecoach Road, University Avenue, down Markham, over the Broadway Bridge, into Hwy 365, traveling into North Little Rock, through Maumelle, Mayflower, and into Conway, Arkansas where the Historic Point Remove Train Depot and Museum of the Cherokee Removal has been restored.

It is one thing reading about the plight of our original hosts, the Native Tribal Peoples of North America, it is another to see the evidence and enormity of such an undertaking.

There were thousands of human beings, woman, children and men. Thousands were forced to walk over 1,000 miles. In freezing weather, they trudged through a wilder Arkansas.

That last winter had to be a nightmare that none of us can imagine.




Arkansas Heritage Trails - Historical and Cultural Signs

Arkansas DOT Heritage Trail sign - Trail of Tears, East Main, Russellville, AR
Arkansas DOT Heritage Trail sign - Trail of Tears, East Main, Russellville, AR | Source
Arkansas DOT Heritage Trail sign - Trail of Tears, East Main, Russellville, AR
Arkansas DOT Heritage Trail sign - Trail of Tears, East Main, Russellville, AR | Source
Arkansas DOT Trail sign - Civil War Trail, Hwy 7S near ATU, Russellville, AR
Arkansas DOT Trail sign - Civil War Trail, Hwy 7S near ATU, Russellville, AR | Source
Arkansas Department of Transportation Heritage Trail sign - Civil War Trail, Hwy 7S & Main Street, Russellville, AR
Arkansas Department of Transportation Heritage Trail sign - Civil War Trail, Hwy 7S & Main Street, Russellville, AR | Source

The Trail of Tears Is a Sad Reminder

The Southern Colonizers way of the past was and remain today as the Art of dirty deeds and secrets.

Those who claim to be followers of Christ have perverted the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth and continue the violence, and dehumanization People of Color as a license to massacre cultures who stand between them and what they desire.

Settlers demonized Natives as a passport to destroy homes, families, tribes, and cultures.

The 1800s demanded silence about the violation of innocents. This silence was kept within families, communities, the Nation, and the world.

The truth about repeated nullification of Treaties with the Native American Tribes; the real human beings in North America during the 1800s was a precursor to the Holocaust suffered by the Jews.

From 1640 to 1900 the horrific torture, rape, and ravaging of the Indigenous Peoples outnumber the atrocity visited on the Jews by millions.

Remembrance and worldwide mourning of what was visited on the Jews is a step forward. Sadly, what little is left of the Indigenous Peoples cultures and lands are targeted today and the Jews are running with Manifest Destiny; a genocidal protocol against Palestinians.

As early as the 1790s Indigenous Peoples stood in the way of Europeans imagined they were owed. Settlers like water filled the Tribal Lands, with thoughtless and greedy individuals who latched on to a theory of Manifest Destiny to excuse massacres, rape, and land grabs which occurred.

A cry for justice still echoes through the Historical practices of European settlers. Genocide and Slavery is the bloody foundation of Arkansas as early as 1640, and the United States since 1776.

The Five Civilized Tribes were driven like cattle off of the land that was originally theirs. Cattle were given more respect and would not have been moved in such harsh climates.

Thanks to the Arkansas Department of Heritage for the hard work, and effort in creating and posting these reminders of the Heritage Trails.



Are You Cherokee?

Speaking about the Cherokee Removal and the breaking of the Treaties do not address the fact that many people have been told that they "have Cherokee blood." With the rise in DNA testing, the gene pools are allowing people to answer the question; Do I have Cherokee Blood.

Finding the answers require more than a DNA kit, it is important to do research. The video below will help get you started on that Trail.

Cherokee Family Research Center - Genealogy

Trail of Tears Arkansas Highway 64

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A long, and sorrowful walkheading East from Russellville, toward Point Remove, Morrilton, AR Some of these photos are the roads walked The Trail of Tears happened in a time when Arkansas was a wilderness. This long walk was on dirt.Along the Heritage Trails, there are many cross-roads. Routes 363 N, and 247 S are accessible from Hwy 64Hwy 64, used to be a highly traveled road. I-40 takes the largest traffic, and so it is a welcome, and slower pace to travel 64Arkansas Heritage Trail - Trail of Tears, and the Butterfield Trail.Reflection of how long this leg of the walk was. Toward Pottsville, AR on Hwy 646 miles to Atkins, 19 miles to Morrilton, AR and Point Remove
A long, and sorrowful walk
A long, and sorrowful walk | Source
heading East from Russellville, toward Point Remove, Morrilton, AR
heading East from Russellville, toward Point Remove, Morrilton, AR | Source
Some of these photos are the roads walked The Trail of Tears happened in a time when Arkansas was a wilderness. This long walk was on dirt.
Some of these photos are the roads walked The Trail of Tears happened in a time when Arkansas was a wilderness. This long walk was on dirt. | Source
Along the Heritage Trails, there are many cross-roads. Routes 363 N, and 247 S are accessible from Hwy 64
Along the Heritage Trails, there are many cross-roads. Routes 363 N, and 247 S are accessible from Hwy 64 | Source
Hwy 64, used to be a highly traveled road. I-40 takes the largest traffic, and so it is a welcome, and slower pace to travel 64
Hwy 64, used to be a highly traveled road. I-40 takes the largest traffic, and so it is a welcome, and slower pace to travel 64 | Source
Arkansas Heritage Trail - Trail of Tears, and the Butterfield Trail.
Arkansas Heritage Trail - Trail of Tears, and the Butterfield Trail. | Source
Reflection of how long this leg of the walk was. Toward Pottsville, AR on Hwy 64
Reflection of how long this leg of the walk was. Toward Pottsville, AR on Hwy 64 | Source
6 miles to Atkins, 19 miles to Morrilton, AR and Point Remove
6 miles to Atkins, 19 miles to Morrilton, AR and Point Remove | Source

Can We Heal The Broken Paths?

How can we help heal the broken paths?

  • Acknowledge the horrors of disfranchisement, removal, and genocide of the Native American Tribal People,
  • Vow to never stand by and allow this type of injustice to occur again.
  • Pray for the healing of the heartbreak of the Native American Peoples
  • Face what 'truths' the Americas are founded on.
  • Act compassionate, and understand the generational trauma of Indigenous People.

If you care about human rights and justice, perhaps it would be a good idea to gather the family, and check out the hundreds of miles of The Trail of Tears, in Arkansas, and the surrounding States.

When you do see a Heritage Trail sign, say a prayer. Sing a healing song. Burn some sage, help spread awareness, that the wounds may heal.

The Butterfield Stagecoach Trail, and Trail of Tears

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Hwy 64 crosses Jct 105, and routes to I-40At Atkins, AR Junction 105 N, and I-40 are crossroads.Atkins, Arkansas, along the Trail of TearsAtkins, The Trail of Tears, and the Butterfield TrailDid some of the walkers verve off of the Trail of Tears, and survive in the wilderness of Arkansas?Consider, in 1830, there were dirt trails. Human beings were herded like animalsThe remnants of structures along Hwy 64, Arkansas Heritage Trail.A long walk, from the Tribal Land, to Point Remove, Morrilton, AR
Hwy 64 crosses Jct 105, and routes to I-40
Hwy 64 crosses Jct 105, and routes to I-40 | Source
At Atkins, AR Junction 105 N, and I-40 are crossroads.
At Atkins, AR Junction 105 N, and I-40 are crossroads. | Source
Atkins, Arkansas, along the Trail of Tears
Atkins, Arkansas, along the Trail of Tears | Source
Atkins, The Trail of Tears, and the Butterfield Trail
Atkins, The Trail of Tears, and the Butterfield Trail | Source
Did some of the walkers verve off of the Trail of Tears, and survive in the wilderness of Arkansas?
Did some of the walkers verve off of the Trail of Tears, and survive in the wilderness of Arkansas? | Source
Consider, in 1830, there were dirt trails. Human beings were herded like animals
Consider, in 1830, there were dirt trails. Human beings were herded like animals | Source
The remnants of structures along Hwy 64, Arkansas Heritage Trail.
The remnants of structures along Hwy 64, Arkansas Heritage Trail. | Source
A long walk, from the Tribal Land, to Point Remove, Morrilton, AR
A long walk, from the Tribal Land, to Point Remove, Morrilton, AR | Source

Trail of Tears, Butterfield Trail, and Civil War Trails

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Trail of Tears, Heritage Trails, Arkansas USA:
Arkansas, USA

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Point Remove, Morrilton, AR:
Point Remove Road, Morrilton, AR 72110, USA

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Hwy 365, North Little Rock, AR:
Highway 365, North Little Rock, AR, USA

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Butterfield Trail, Civil War Trail, Trail of Tears

D
Hwy 7, Arkansas:
Highway 7, AR, USA

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Civil War Trail, Trail of Tears

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Highway 64 Arkansas Heritage Trail:
US-64, Arkansas, USA

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Cherokee Removal, Morrilton, Arkansas:
Morrilton, AR 72110, USA

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Butterfield Stagecoach Heritage Trail, Highway 365, Arkansas:
AR-365, Arkansas, USA

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Civil War Heritage Trail, Arkansas:
118 W Johnson Ave, Springdale, AR 72764, USA

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    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      6 years ago from Central Oregon

      @JKWriter thank you for the complement. Thanks for the vote up. Like everybody knows; once you have lived here more than a decade, you are "from here." Nice to make your acquaintance.

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      JKWriter 

      6 years ago from Right in the middle.

      I grew up (mostly) in Arkansas. You are making me homesick. Love your articles! Voting up!

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      torrilynn, Thank you for the read, and up votes!

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      torrilynn 

      8 years ago

      Hi LillyGrillzit,

      thanks for this hub. it was very

      informational and detailed . I learned

      a lot.

      Voted up

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      always exploring, thank you for reading this, and commenting. Thank you for sharing this too. I will be adding photos of some of the Trails soon. Thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have never seen ' The trail of tears ' althought i visit Ak. frequently. ( My son lives in Ak. ) This is a wonderful article. America treated the Indian nation badly, just as we did the Blacks. May it never be repeated. I shared this on Google+ Thank you...

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