Google Earth has helped with a lot of things. I’ve used it to locate potential archaeology dig sites, to find historical locations, and of course, to look at my own house.
Now we can add to that list that it has been used to discover a segment of the Trail of Tears that had been lost to history. This isn’t a spur, either, but one of the main roads where thousands crossed the Stones River on the way to their ultimate fate.
An article in Indian Country gives the details: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/09/20/lost-trail-of-tears-segment-discovered-using-google-earth-134920
The good news is that this segment is already being preserved, albeit, inadvertently. The land is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers and part of it is a horse trail today. This makes access easy for the public.
The segment has been confirmed as part of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail by the National Park Service.
Hat tip to Steve for this great piece of news!
Photo copyright and compliments of www.nativehistoryassociation.org.