Big Spring Now Part of Trail of Tears

Princeton, KY – Another western Kentucky area has joined the Trail of Tears. Princeton Mayor Gale Cherry and members of the National Park Service signed an agreement recently recognizing Big Spring Park as one of the settlements that hosted members of the Cherokee tribe as it made its way from Georgia to Oklahoma in 1838 and 1839. Big Spring joins other designated Trail stops at Mantle Rock in Livingston County, Gray's Inn in Guthrie, Radford Park near Pembroke, and the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park in Hopkinsville. Historians poured through journals and various other items - including a receipt for a child's coffin and yards of material - before presenting the information to the Park Service.