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

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This "journal", or "log" can be found in . . .

J. H. Atkinson, ed., The Pulaski County Historical Society Review, Vol. VI, No. 3, 47, 48. (September, 1958)

The log covers his trip with five sons to Bowie County, Texas from South Carolina.  They traveled overland through Tennessee to Memphis, thence to Little Rock, beginning in February, 1840, 1027 miles

The portion of the log that follows covers their route from Little Rock to "home" in Texas . . .


May 1840

9, we crossed the Ark. River and left Little Rock  --   2 miles

10, we passed Benton                                             24 miles

11, we lay by

12, we crossed Saline River                                      18 miles

13, we crossed Wachita River                                  15 miles

14, we crossed Caddo Creek                                    18 miles 

15, we crossed Antoine Creek                                   18 miles

16, we crossed Little Missouri River                         10 miles

17, we passed the town of Washington                    18 miles

19 and 20 we are water bound by Red River

21, we crossed Red River                                          5 miles

22, we left Lost Prairie                                              6 miles


                                                                          152 miles

23, we came to our place                                        14 miles

24, we arrived home                                              10 miles


                                                                            24 miles




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