Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Lake Providence, Louisiana/Stack Island
Panel #35 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Lake Providence, Louisiana
Mile 487.3 AHP
To guide a boat past this point without falling prey to murderous pirates of the area was considered an “act of providence” in the early 1800’s. Both the ancient oxbow lake to the west and the town that grew up on the river bank were named for this divine intervention. The town of Lake Providence became the area’s shipping center during the steamboat era The Union army built a canal between the lake and the Mississippi River as part of the futile project to bypass Confederate batteries at Vicksburg. After the Civil War, the river began to cut into Lake Providence’s waterfront. By 1894, most of the original town had been washed away, and only the newer eastern section remained. When Stack Island joined the Louisiana shore Lake Providence became landlocked almost a mile from the river. A new harbor has since been constructed behind the island, and the town is again an active port.
B) Stack Island
Mile 487.54 AHP
Natchez VII, said to be the finest in the long line of boats of that name, ran aground and sank a the Island in 1889. In 1962, a Corps of Engineers dredge boat scooped up pieces of the Natchez VII, which was lying nine feet deep in the main channel. The channel was dredged to the east to avoid the old wreck. The old Stack Island has joined the Louisiana Shore, and a relatively new sandbar in the channel goes by its name.
Photo Credit: Lake Providence Harbor, Louisiana - courtesy of USACE
Erected by Mississippi Riverwalk. (Marker Number 35.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 35° 8.959′ N, 90° 3.488′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker can be reached from Island Drive 0.8 miles south of West A.W. Willis Avenue when traveling south. Located in Mud Island River Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 N Front St, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tennessee River/Cumberland River (within shouting distance of this marker); Reelfoot Lake (within shouting distance of this marker); Palmetto Bend/Jackson Point/St. Catherine’s Creek/Ellis Cliffs (within shouting distance of this marker); Grand Gulf, Mississippi/Yucatan Cutoff/Big Black River (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mississippi Riverwalk (within shouting distance of this marker); Ohio River (within shouting distance of this marker); Cairo, Illinois (within shouting distance of this marker); Islands No. 2, 3, and 4/Fort Jefferson, Kentucky/Bird’s Point, Missouri (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Also see . . . 1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes. The 1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes were an intense intraplate earthquake series beginning with an initial earthquake of moment magnitude 7.5–7.9 on December 16, 1811, followed by a moment magnitude 7.4 aftershock on the same day. They remain the most powerful earthquakes to hit the contiguous United States east of the Rocky Mountains in recorded history. They, as well as the seismic zone of their occurrence, were named for the Mississippi River town of New Madrid, then part of the Louisiana Territory, now within the US state of Missouri. (Submitted on March 27, 2018, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
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