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Summerfield in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Scottsville / Corney Bayou

 
 
Scottsville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Wesley Harris, September 2, 2021
1. Scottsville Marker
Inscription.  
Scottsville
In 1847, Benjamin Scott acquired a forty-acre tract of land located here on the east bank of Corney Bayou. It was the era of steamboat travel and this location, previously known as "Corni Bluff," was the northern-most point of navigation up the Corney. With intent to create a commercial port, Scott's property was surveyed, plans for a town were drawn, and individual lots were sold to investors. A post office was created here in 1849. In 1850, under Governor Joseph Walker, the State passed legislation to clear Corney of obstructions impeding navigation. Scottsville was successful for a period of years and was incorporated in 1857 by an act of the Legislature. Although there is evidence of steam commerce here until 1882, maintaining clear navigation on the waters of Corney Bayou was a continual problem and by the end of the 1880s, Scottsville ceased to function as a port. Remnants of the town existed until the 1940s, after which it disappeared completely. Scottsville's inaccessibility and increased competition from railroads brought an end to the little town on the banks of Corney Bayou.

Corney
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Bayou
Corney Bayou flows southeasterly for approximately 76 miles from its headwaters just above Warnock Springs in Columbia County, Arkansas until it joins Bayou D'Arbonne in Union Parish, Louisiana. On early maps of Louisiana, it appears as "Bayou Salutas, and it was not until the mid-1800s that its current name was recorded. For hundreds of years, Bayou Corney provided Native American populations with sustenance and a means of transportation. During the steamboat era in Louisiana, lower portions of Corney were navigable and provided access to markets in other population Often called “Big Corney,” and alternately spelled “Cornie" or "Corni,” it is sometimes confused with its sister waterways centers. "Corney Creek” to the west and "Little Corney Bayou” to the east. In the late 1930s, the Federal Government built a dam on Corney Bayou south of this marker forming a 2,350-acre reservoir known as "Corney Lake,” which is now part of the Kisatchie National Forest.
 
Erected 2021 by the Claiborne Parish Library.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1847.
 
Location. 32° 56.368′ N, 92° 45.984′ W. Marker is in Summerfield, Louisiana
Corney Bayou Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Wesley Harris
2. Corney Bayou Marker
, in Claiborne Parish. Marker is on Louisiana Route 9, half a mile north of Corney Lake Boat Ramp Road, on the left when traveling north. Lcoated north of the Corney Bayou Bridge in the Kisatchie National Forest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Summerfield LA 71079, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Junction City (approx. 5.7 miles away in Arkansas); Alabama Methodist Church (approx. 6 miles away); Cane Ridge / James W. Nicholson (approx. 8½ miles away); Friendship CME Church (approx. 8.7 miles away); Town Jail (approx. 10.4 miles away); Wooden Water Cistern (approx. 10½ miles away); Sheriff Pat Garrett (approx. 12½ miles away); Old Shiloh Community (approx. 14.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Scottsville / Corney Bayou. One of the steamboats that frequented Scottsville was the St. Francis Belle. Contact the Claiborne Parish Library for more information.
 
Scottsville/Corney Bayou Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Wesley Harris
3. Scottsville/Corney Bayou Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2021, by Wesley Harris of Ruston, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 606 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 3, 2021, by Wesley Harris of Ruston, Louisiana. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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