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Photo Left:  Jackson Military Road cut exiting Washington, Arkansas, to the North East (2005)

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Thomas Ostwald, Director of the Friedrich - Gerstacker - Museum made a tour of the United States along the route where Gerstaecker traveled in the 1830s.  Ostwald's wife, Dagmar accompanied him.  Scott Akridge, Bill Leach, Dewitt Yingling and others met with him along his their travel throughout White and Independence Counties.  




Left to Right:  Dewitt Yingling, Bill Leach (background), Thomas Ostwald and Scott Akridge looking over the Little Red River Valley from a point close to where Gerstaecker would have viewed it 160 years ago.




Thomas Ostwald at Coffey Cemetery, White County, Arkansas, taking a photograph of John Hilger's stone, operator of Hilger's Ferry across the Little Red River.






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