An Arkansas lawmaker is looking to create a True Grit Trail along state Highway 22.
Rep. Mary Bentley (R-Perryville) filed House Bill 1628 on Thursday, which, if approved, would create the True Grit Trail along Highway 22 from Dardanelle to Fort Smith. The trail is inspired by great American novel True Grit, written by Arkansas native Charles Portis.
The novel follows the story of a tenacious young girl as she travels in Arkansas from the Dardanelle area to Fort Smith where she hires a United States Marshal to help her avenge her father’s death. The novel has been adapted into screenplays for a pair of popular, award-winning films.
According to Bentley’s bill, “the popularity of the tale and the attention it brings to the state make a compelling case for renaming a portion of Arkansas Highway 22.” The bill would call on the Arkansas Department of Transportation to erect signs along the stretch of roadway designating it the “True Grit Trail.”
The bill would also grant ARDOT permission to accept gifts, grants and donations from private, public and nonprofit sources to acquire, install and maintain the signage.