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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.




County Articles
News & Updates
Photo Gallery
SWT Research Guide




African American Context

    This page offers research about the route giving attention to the African Americans who used the route and the context in which they lived and traveled during the period in question.

Articles & Reports

    Here are reports, short and long that have been made available to the study group.  These articles and reports are arranged by general articles about Arkansas, Missouri and Texas.   General articles about each state are first followed by their respective counties  in alphabetical order with related reports.


    This will serve as both a research database and a source for works to be cited in the eventual publication


    This provides the researcher with a collection of events in a chronological format.  The organization is by date from earliest to 1860.  It  also provides source material and any notes that may be important to the reference.

Definitions and Limitations

This page explains what the researchers are looking for in this research.  It also explains with some detail why these ideas were chosen and how and why  the study is limited in some ways.  This page is a good place to start in order to understand what the research team is trying to do.

Ferry Traffic  This page provides a list of and information about known river and creek crossings on the Southwest Trail.  They are listed by name, county, source and notes.

Gallery of Photos

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    The gallery of photos is a collection of all photos available, either taken by the researchers or available for publishing by the owner.  No photographs can be used where permission is not granted by the owner for use in publication.

Jackson Military Road, Congressional Legislation, Enactments, Appropriations, and Miscellaneous Documentation

    This page contains images and transcribed document activity related to the Jackson Military Road, enactment, expenditures, news reports, etc. 


    This is an overview of various journals, diaries, etc., that describe daily contact with the road.


    These links are to other World Wide Web sites that have made mention of the route under research and may provide the reader with additional perspectives on the topic.

Native American Context 

    A portion of the study that addresses both the prehistoric and historic context in which the road developed.

National Historic Register (Arkansas Portion)

Pioneers and Settlers

    The opening of the Military Road brought new opportunities for travel and enterprise.  Here you will find biographies, profiles and references to various individuals known to have traveled along or settled on this route.

Place Names

    This is a list of all place names arranged alphabetically with County reference following each.




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