Telegraph Road - Pea Ridge National Battlefield - Garfield, AR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 36° 27.241 W 094° 00.899
15S E 409047 N 4034786
Quick Description: This road runs from Springfield, MO to beyond the Arkansas River.
Location: Arkansas, United States
Date Posted: 1/18/2015 5:05:22 AM
Waymark Code: WMN88Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member arkansas stickerdude
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Long Description:

County of marker: Benton County
Location of marker: Old Wire Rd, Elkhorn Tavern, Pea Ridge National Battlefield
Marker erected by: National Park Service

Marker text:
   Telegraph Road

   Along it --
   Cherokees moved in forced migration to Indian Territory, 1837-39.
   Butterfield Overland Mail coaches sped toward California, 1858-61.
   A telegraph line was stretched in 1860.
   Union and Confederate troops marched just prior to battle of March 7-8, 1862.


"The Springfield to Fayetteville road segment near Elkhorn Tavern close to Pea Ridge was the supply link between Springfield, Missouri and Fort Smith Arkansas before the Civil War. In 1838, it carried more than mail and goods, as thousands of Cherokee were marched along the road. Today, visitors to Pea Ridge can see part of the path the Cherokee took and learn more about the march west on the park’s auto tour route. Some Cherokee who traveled west on the Trail of Tears returned to fight at Pea Ridge during the Civil War. Other trail locations feature portions of the Memphis to Little Rock Road, along which the Cherokee traveled. Some intact segments are visible today at Village Creek State Park, near Newcastle, Arkansas, or on Henard Cemetery Road, near Zent, Arkansas" ~ Cherokee Nation

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History of Marker:
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