Trail of Tears

Trail of Tears (HMJI8)

Location: Waterloo, AL 35677 Lauderdale County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 54.597', W 88° 3.818'

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Thousands of Cherokee Indians passed through Waterloo in the 1830s when they were forced by the U.S. government to move West on the "Trail of Tears". Most came by boat from Tuscumbia and camped here to await transfer to larger steamboats. During the encampment several births, deaths, and escapes occurred.

One party of 1,070 Cherokees traveled overland from Ross Landing in Tennessee due to low water in the upper river. Following the general route of U.S. Hwy. 72 to Florence, they arrived here July 10, 1838, in miserable condition after a 23~ day journey.

About 17,000 Cherokees were driven from their homeland in the southern Appalachian Mtns. Most traveled by land thought Tennessee and on to Oklahoma. Great suffering and about 4,000 deaths occurred along the trail, especially during the winter of 1838-39.
HM NumberHMJI8
Series This marker is part of the Trail of Tears series
Placed ByThe Alabama Waterfowl Association Alabama Historical Association
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 10:21pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 402833 N 3863573
Decimal Degrees34.90995000, -88.06363333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 54.597', W 88° 3.818'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 54' 35.82" N, 88° 3' 49.08" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 410-416 Main St, Waterloo AL 35677, US
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