Ozark’s Heritage Trail – Ozark, AR
Ozark’s award winning Trail of Tears Memorial was created to honor those who were forced to leave their homes on a journey that took the lives of many before reaching Indian Territory. The memorial is located next to Ozark’s Historic Depot Museum on the banks of the Arkansas River. It includes a 6’ X 4’6” etched stones recognizing the Five Civilized Tribes, a riverboat typical of the boats used during the journey and displays Sequoyah’s syllabary which was the only Native American written language during the removal period. There are two smaller stones taken from a hilltop overlooking the old Military Road used by the tribes during their removal. Four diamond shaped tiles of authentic Cherokee Marble are mounted in the 14’ X 16’ stamped concrete patio foundation. The memorial area contains benches for those who wish to sit and reflect on this part of Arkansas’ history. There is a pedestal display showing a map of the routes taken through Franklin County, the story of the history of the Cherokee Marble tiles and beautiful artwork by renowned Cherokee artist, Ron Mitchell.
The Trail of Tears Memorial It’s a welcome addition to the existing Heritage Trail that begins across the street at Riverview Plaza then leads to the recently installed Civil War Memorial and on to the museum. Ozark’s Heritage trail features a large sign/area map which includes QR codes that take the visitor to a narrated video tour of each of Ozark’s Historic buildings or landmarks. The trail leads to plaques depicting many of Ozark’s treasured landmarks.