1838 (HM21AR)

Location: Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 Cape Girardeau County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 18.315', W 89° 31.058'

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The Trail of Tears

In 1830 the U.S. Congress passed the Indian Removal Act which led to the forced removal of eastern tribes to "Indian Territory" west of the Mississippi (later the state of Oklahoma). In the autumn of 1838, sixteen separate groups of Cherokee, about 16,000 people, began the 1,000 mile overland journey to the west. The loss of life on the trail was high; nearly 4,000 died on the way. Fifteen of the groups crossed the Mississippi north of Cape Girardeau. Residents of the area were reported to have provided baskets of food for the Cherokee caught up in this tragic event.

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Joe and Janet James
To honor those who endured and those who died on the "Trail of Tears"
HM NumberHM21AR
Placed ByMississippi River Tales River Heritage Mural Association Cape Giradeau Missiour Where the river turns a thousand tales
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Date Added Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 276870 N 4131707
Decimal Degrees37.30525000, -89.51763333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.315', W 89° 31.058'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 18.9" N, 89° 31' 3.48" W
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Area Code(s)573
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 N Water St, Cape Girardeau MO 63701, US
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