Historic Markers Across Tennessee

The Trail of Tears

Marker ID: THC 4C 40
Location: at the intersection of Mississippi Valley Highway (U.S. 45) and Higginbottom Road, Selmer, TN
County: McNairy
Coordinates: N 35° 11.326    W 088° 36.804
  35.18876666    -88.6134
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMHKY6


The Trail of Tears
Cherokee Removal
— 1838 —

A group of approximately 660 Cherokees traveled through McNairy County in late fall of 1838. Also called Bell's Treaty Party, it was the only detachment to be accompanied by the military. Escorted by U.S. Army Lt. Edward Deas and Cherokee leader John Bell, the party followed the Old State Road to Purdy, where Deas purchased supplies on November 14, 1838. From Purdy to Bethel Springs to Rose Creek, the route closely followed present-day Highway 64. Their 89-day journey ended on January 7, 1839, just inside the Cherokee Nation's border, west of Evansville, Arkansas.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.