Take a read through this 1977 hand-typed study!
This study has been prepared and trail recommendations made to meet the requirements of Public Law 90-543. The 1969 El Camino Real Feasibility Study concluded that sufficient documentation of historic, scenic, natural, and cultural significance did exist to warrant further study. This study will present recommendations based on an evaluation of the field study findings.
The findings and recommendations of this report are based upon an analysis of pertinent historic maps and documents and coordination with a variety of agencies and individuals knowledgeable of the history of the periods in which the trail route originated and was used. Field investigations of the trail's scenic and natural attributes were evaluated and the pertinence of the cultural qualities was studied.
Defined in this report are the "nationally significant scenic, historic, natural, and cultural qualities of the areas through which the trail may pass." Project findings and recommendations are based on an evaluation of land use and ownership, costs, anticipated visitor use, and the trail compliance with the criteria for determining "national significance" established by Public Law 90-543.
Published July 01, 1977
The purpose of this study is to provide baseline historical information pertaining to those portions of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail that cross onto lands managed by the FWS at the White River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Arkansas, the Wheeler NWR in Alabama, and the Tennessee NWR in Tennessee.
Putting the continued fight for equity in the outdoors into historical context, and finding ways to move forward.
February is Black History Month, and a perfect time to shine a light on some well known, and some lesser known, ways in which African Americans have helped shape our nation's trail and park history.