Yesterday we drove about 50 miles upon narrow mountain roads to arrive at this small, pretty (with the exception of a huge, ugly, out-of-place Harrah’s Casino) and touristy town.
There are lots of bears like this one on the town streets.
The primary stop was at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
It took us three hours to go through this great museum.
The museum did an excellent job describing the 11,000 year history of the Cherokees.
The statues were very life-like.
The Trail Of Tears (the forced relocation to reservations in Oklahoma) cost the lives of about 4,000 to 8,000 tribe members.
It also did an excellent job telling the sad saga of the Trail Of Tears.
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Here’s the museum’s official website link…
Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Cherokee, North Carolina…
We’re just a couple of miles from the Southern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and that’s today’s journey!
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