Remember the removal

VIDEO: Cherokee bike riders stop locally, following footsteps of ancestors

Posted: July 13, 2017 at 1 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/FLIP PUTTHOFF Cherokee Indians traveling the Trail of Tears stopped in 1839 on land that now is part of the Pea Ridge National Military Park. A group of Cherokee bicyclists taking part in the Remember the Removal ride last month stopped there, too. Three miles of the military park’s tour road were built on a road bed that served the Trail of Tears, and the cyclists followed the trek of their ancestors.

On Dec. 23, 1837, a group of 356 Cherokee Indians stopped in a field that now is part of Pea Ridge National Military Park. They had traveled the Trail of Tears from Georgia, headed for their new lands in Indian Territory.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/FLIP PUTTHOFF Kevin Eads, superintendent of Pea Ridge National Military Park, shares the history of Cherokee Indians within the p...

Trail of Tears contingents at Pea Ridge

B.B. Cannon, leader; arrived Dec. 23, 1837; 356 Cherokee

Daniel Colston, leader; arrived Jan. 10 or 11, 1839; 651 Cherokee

Situwakee, leader; arrived Jan. 27 or 28, 1839:, 1,250 Cherokee

Jesse Bushyhead, leader; arrived Feb. 17 or 18, 1939; 898 Cherokee

Stephen Foreman, leader; Feb. 21 or 22, 1839; 921 Cherokee

Choowalooka, leader; Feb. 23 or 24, 1839; 970 Cherokee

Moses Daniel, leader; Feb. 24 or 25, 1839; 924 Cherokee

Source: Daniel Littlefield Jr./Pea Ridge National Military Park

James Brown, leader; Feb. 27 or 28, 1839; 717 Cherokee

George Hicks, leader; March 8 or 9, 1839; 1,039 Cherokee

Richard Taylor, leader; March 18 to 20, 1839, stayed two days because of heavy rain; 944 Cherokee

Peter Hilderbrand, leader; March 20, 1839; 1, 312 Cherokee

Most of these dates are approximate, based on know arrival in Indian Territory.

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