First Military Road

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Location of Marker: On U.S. Highway 271 on Winding Stair Mountain, about eight miles northeast of Talihina, LeFlore County.

Constructed by Captain John Stuart, of the Seventh Infantry, in 1832, the road ran between Fort Smith, Arkansas and Fort Towson in the Choctaw Nation. The route was originally marked by Robert Bean and Jesse Chisholm and served to unite the new frontier posts that were established with the removal of the Five Civilized Tribes to present-day Oklahoma.

The above information is from the book, Mark of Heritage, by Muriel H. Wright, courtesy of Oklahoma Historical Society.

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