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The Trail of Tears: the Bell Route


The Bell Route ran from near Chattanooga due west, crossing the Mississippi River near Memphis, to Little Rock and up the North bank of the Arkansas River to Ft Gibson, Indian Territory. It was followed by one detachment.


Bell Route of the Trail of Tears


Information on this page was provided courtesy of Bill Woodiel, past Vice-President of the Arkansas Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Trail of Tears Association.

Review Bill Woodiel's comments explaining what brought about the Cherokee Removal.
Read his description of each of the four major routes:
1. Northern
2. Water
3. Bell [this page]
4. Benge

For additional maps and information:
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