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Samburg in Obion County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Reelfoot — An Earthquake Lake

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 6, 2020
1. Reelfoot — An Earthquake Lake Marker
Inscription.  
Reelfoot Lake is a by-product of the "New Madrid Earthquakes", a series of 1,874 recorded tremors centered generally about 70 miles southwest of the Lake, taking place from December 16, 1811 until March 8, 1812. The "hard shock” came at 3 A. M. Friday, February 7, 1812. These shocks could be felt over an area of one million square miles from Canada to the eastern seaboard and New Orleans. Witnesses reported that the earth and the river were torn with furious convulsions. During the quakes ground waves near the epicenter moved a foot to and fro creating sunken lands, fissures, landslides and land domes.

Sand blows erupted belching hot water, mud, fumes, coal and carbonized wood. These explosions coupled with the crashing of timbers, falling of banks along the river and the cries of frightened wildfowl created a terrible rumbling and roar. The air smelled of sulphur and the sky was usually dark and dreary.

When the savage tremors subsided, Reelfoot Lake was born and thirty to fifty thousand square miles of land had undergone vast topographical changes most of which are visible today. Although these were among
Reelfoot — An Earthquake Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 6, 2020
2. Reelfoot — An Earthquake Lake Marker
the most powerful shocks to strike North America within historic times, few lives were lost as the area was sparsely settled. Powerful earthquakes occurred here before 1811 and are now estimated to occur at intervals of about 600 years.
 
Erected 1985 by Tennessee State Society, Daughters of the American Colonists.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural FeaturesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Colonists series list.
 
Location. 36° 22.98′ N, 89° 21.166′ W. Marker is in Samburg, Tennessee, in Obion County. Marker is on East Lakeview Drive just west of Reelfoot Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Marker is in Spicer Park on the lake's southeastern shore. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3418 Lake Dr, Samburg TN 38254, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. General Clifton Bledsoe Cates (approx. 4.6 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps and Reelfoot Lake State Park (approx. 4.6 miles away); Reelfoot Lake (approx. 4.7 miles away); Tiptonville Presbyterian Church (approx. 6.8 miles away); a different marker also named General Clifton Bledsoe Cates
Reelfoot — An Earthquake Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 6, 2020
3. Reelfoot — An Earthquake Lake Marker
(approx. 7.3 miles away); Capture of Island No. 10 (approx. 7.3 miles away); Confederate Burials (approx. 7.8 miles away); Confederate Forts & Batteries (approx. 8.1 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 11, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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