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Maramec Spring


Maramec Spring Park-Massey Iron Works, near St. James

Historical Significance: Massey (or Maramec) Iron Works, which was the first successful ironworks west of the Mississippi River, operated here from 1826 to 1876. During this period (1838-39), Cherokees along the Northern Route passed through the park and camped at Maramec Spring on their way from Fort Cass, Tennessee to Indian Territory.

Available Facilities: The park has two museums. One of these, Maramec Museum, houses natural and cultural history exhibits. The history of the Iron Works is explained using working models and displays.

Exhibits: The Northern Route trail segments in the park are signed.

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