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Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
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A wonderful history page for Oak Ridge, by the Oak Ridge Homemakers Club in 1986.
Oak Ridge is a town in Southeast Missouri located about twenty miles north of Cape Girardeau and ten miles west of the Mississippi River. As the name implies, the town is built on a high ridge: this ridge is a significant landmark because it divides two large watersheds. Rain falling on the north side of the crest flows into Hugh's Creek and then into Apple Creek; rain falling on the south side flows into Byrd Creek which flows into the Whitewater River
A natural salt lick was also located on the crest attracting wildlife, and, subsequently, Native American hunters. People from both the Shawnee and Delaware Tribes resided in camps along the ridge. Many of their artifacts including arrowheads, hatchets, and stone hammerheads have been found. In 1835, the Shawnee and Delaware Tribes were forced to move from this area by government action. This large-scale relocation of Eastern Native Americans to designated territories in the West was called The Trail of Tears. The northern route of the march passed through Oak Ridge in the winter of 1838-39 before it was yet a town.
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