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Photo 4: Trail Remnant on the Land Route. [Photo 4] with link to larger version of photo.
(Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Benjamin Nance, photographer)

Questions for Photo 4

1. This photo shows a segment of road believed to have been used during the Cherokee removal of 1838. How do you think this road would have looked after hundreds of wagons, and thousands of people, horses, and oxen had passed over it?

2. What can you learn from looking at this roadway that you did not learn from the readings? What do you think you could learn by actually being on the road?

3. This trail segment has survived because it is used as a private farm road. Do you think it should be preserved unchanged? Why or why not? Do you think it would be a good idea to have a historic marker identifying it as part of the Trail of Tears? What advantages and disadvantages might that have?

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