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Choctaw Nation / Stateline Historic Marker

Interpretive signs at the pull-off explain the significance of the site. A patch leads to the 1877 survey marker which marked the boundary between Arkansas and the Choctaw Nations.

A U.S. Government appointee surveyed this line in 1825. A resurvey in 1857 found that the old line diverged to the west, depriving the Choctaws of some of their land.

A act of congress had made the erroneous line the official boundary. An octagonal iron post, weighing several hundred pounds, was placed in the ground with a pile of native rocks around it.
Near the top of the post are numbers “1877” (south side); “Ark.” (east side); and “Choc” (west side). The markers were probably hauled in by mule. A 1935 geological survey marker is nearby.
A trail, called the State Line Trail, probably the trail used by the surveyors, was in use until the 1930s, mainly for the purpose of transporting “moonshine” from the Kiamichi Valley across the mountain to the railroad settlements. It was a convenient “dodging” trail. Oklahoma officers could be eluded by crossing into Arkansas, and Arkansas officers likewise eluded by stepping into Oklahoma.

The Ouachita National Recreation Trail starts its downhill descent into the Upper Kiamichi River Wilderness Area as it travels westward.