Cherokee trail riders visit Removal Park
Jun 16, 2013 | 686 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cherokee Trail riders
Meigs County Mayor Garland Lankford breaks ground at the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park where the memorial wall will be built on June 10. The contractors estimate the wall completion to be mid-August.
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Twenty-two descendants from the Cherokee Nation suited up for a bike ride that would take them across the trail that their ancestors were forced to travel 175 years ago.

The Cherokee Removal Memorial Park in Meigs County, was a very important stop on their journey.

It was here that approximately 9,000 of their ancestors crossed the river at Blythe’s Ferry in 1838 leaving the homelands they cherished so much.

Bikes are faster than foot travel, but the riders had so many obstacles along the way, it still took hours to arrive at the park from Charleston.

Flat tires and detours kept their leaders busy. After sandwiches and drinks at the park, the appreciative, young riders experienced crossing the river, not by pole ferries, but by a pontoon boat.

Follow their journey on Facebook.