From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Trail of Tears Park, Hopkinsville, KY

Images from a historic park in Hopkinsville



Trail of Tears park, HopkinsvilleThe flag court at the Trail of Tears Park in Hopkinsville, KY, contains a flag for each state the Trail of Tears passed through.


Trail of Tears park, HopkinsvilleThese statues honor Cherokee leaders Fly Smith and Chief Whitepath who died in camp at Hopkinsville along the Little River. Their graves, along with those of several others who died here, overlook the river from a small hill behind these statues.


Trail of Tears park, HopkinsvilleOn the fence around the graves, visitors have tied little bundles and bags, in the Indian way. I didn't photograph the graves because it seemed disrespectful.


Photos of historic markers in the park:
The Cherokees, A Civilized People
The Trail of Tears
Whitepath and Fly Smith

Related links:
The Official website of Hopkinsville's Cherokee Trail of Tears Commemorative Park
Trail of Tears Commemorative Park, Hopkinsville, KY waymark: A map, a brief description of the park, and a place to record your visit.


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