Cottrell Wilson Cemetery

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Cottrell Wilson Cemetery

Shirley, Van Buren County, Arkansas, 72153 USA
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The map below shows the coordinates of the cemetery only, which is about one mile from the Historic Trail Head that you need to travel to access the Cemetery. You will see these signs in the village to the northwest of the cemetery map marker. Please stay on the trail. Sid Burgess Historic M & NA Railroad Trail (to) Cottrell/Wilson Cemetery. Dedicated to Sid Burgess and in appreciation of all the property owners who have allowed this trail to be made. Starts at the (original) railroad yard depot site on land owned by the late Sid Burgess who served as the last depot agent and was present when Shirley was named. Trail is 2 miles long round trip. Start at 1) and walk along old railway bed through the area of the Shirley Railroad Yard. 2) Follow the trail toward the river down through the stile gate (Turn stile) across a small stream and up the rock steps (3) that lead back to the railroad right-of-way. 4) Pass through a 600 ft. long hand dug "cut" through the Mountain.5) Then follow the path to the right up to Meditation Point. 6) Now follow along a bluff overlooking (the) Middle Fork of the lil'red (River) At 7) the trail passes the pine grove planted on the campsite of the Bulgarian Pick & Shovel Men who Gauged out the "cut" in 1902 and then joins with the Mountain View to Little Rock Road (highway) at 8, an old Pioneer Road traveled and used in 1840. Follow the Pioneer road to Wilson Ford (9), turn left at the sign and follow the trail up along another bluff overlooking Middle Fork. At the (end) of the trail pass through the stile-gate to visit the old pioneer Cottrell/Wilson Cemetery containing over 40 graves of 10 Indians, Cottrell and Wilson Family Members and a lone Bulgarian who died in 1907 while digging the "cut".


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GPS Coordinates: 35.64966, -92.30224

  • Added: 20 Apr 2009
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2302384