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Figure 1 – Trail of Tears Routes in Missouri
Figure 2 – Benge’s Route (Approximate)
Figure 3 – Hildebrand’s Route (Approximate)
Figure 4 – The Northern Route (Approximate)
The Northern Route, used by
multiple groups, is very similar
to Hildebrand’s Route in that it
crosses the Mississippi River and
enters Missouri north of Cape
Girardeau and then goes north-
westerly into Washington County.
It extends to the very northern
extent of the Courtois Section
near Onondaga Cave. It then goes
southwesterly toward Springfield
before continuing on a south-
westerly track into Arkansas and
Oklahoma. A map of this route is
shown in Figure 4.
The paths followed by the Chero-
kee seem to meander in an in-
direct line to their destination.
Routes were set by the military
and towns along the way refused
of
BY STEVE COATES
to admit the tribes due to dis-
eases they were rumored to be
carrying, requiring wide detours
around them. Most land routes
traveled by the Cherokee totaled
over 1,000 miles from their
starting points to the area desig-
nated as the Cherokee Nation in
Oklahoma.
In 1987, Congress designated the
Trail of Tears National Historic
Trail to honor the Cherokee. It
consists of nearly 5,000 miles
of land and water routes in nine
states, including Missouri.
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KEY FORALL FIGURES
OzarkTrail –Red
Benge’sRoute–Green
Hildebrand’s–Purple
NorthernRouth– DarkBrown