Photo Left: Jackson Military Road cut exiting Washington, Arkansas, to the North East (2005)
This web site is intended to provide information for students and classrooms that have
interest in the route and history of the Old Southwest Trail in Arkansas.
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 . . .
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
23, we came to our place 14 miles
24, we arrived home 10 miles
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