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About 1/2 mile northwesterly, Bethel, meaning "house of God," was opened in 1822 as one of 13 Choctaw Mission stations. Indians, slaves and Squawmen labored hard during four weeks, frequently until 10 at night by the light of the moon or large fires, to clear the forest and erect the buildings. The missionaries who took the Gospel to the wilderness also taught farming, carpentry, weaving and housekeeping as well as reading, writing and arithmetic to Choctaw and half-breed children. In 1826, people moved from the Trace to new roads and Bethel was closed.


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