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Historical Markers in Sharkey County, Mississippi

 
Clickable Map of Sharkey County, Mississippi and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Sharkey County, MS (12) Humphreys County, MS (7) Issaquena County, MS (3) Washington County, MS (71) Yazoo County, MS (18)  SharkeyCounty(12) Sharkey County (12)  HumphreysCounty(7) Humphreys County (7)  IssaquenaCounty(3) Issaquena County (3)  WashingtonCounty(71) Washington County (71)  YazooCounty(18) Yazoo County (18)
Rolling Fork is the county seat for Sharkey County
Adjacent to Sharkey County, Mississippi
      Humphreys County (7)  
      Issaquena County (3)  
      Washington County (71)  
      Yazoo County (18)  
 
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1Mississippi (Sharkey County), Anguilla — Mont Helena
On Rolling Fork Road (U.S. Old 61) at Helena Road, on the left when traveling north on Rolling Fork Road.
Mont Helena may have had as many as three mounds in the past. The remaining mound is 26 feet high, but its original dimensions were even more impressive. Roughly 10 feet of mound fill was removed around 1900 prior to the construction of the Colonial . . . Map (db m170694) HM
2Mississippi (Sharkey County), Cary — Cary Mounds — Mississippi Mound Trail —
On Crab Apple Lane at Willow Lane, on the right when traveling north on Crab Apple Lane.
Of the original four mounds located at the Cary site, only Mound A survives. Located on the south side of Deer Creek, the mound was built on top of a midden deposit containing ceramic and animal bone artifacts as well as a fragment of a stone . . . Map (db m157616) HM
3Mississippi (Sharkey County), Cary — Cary MoundsSteele's Bayou Expedition — Vicksburg Campaign —
On Willow Lane at Crabapple Lane, on the right when traveling north on Willow Lane.
There were several Indian mounds constructed (1200-1400 A.D.) in Cary at the time of the Civil War. During the Steele's Bayou Expedition, the area was flooded from the overflow of the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers. These mounds provided high and dry . . . Map (db m160876) HM
4Mississippi (Sharkey County), Onward — Hill’s PlantationSteele’s Bayou Expedition — Vicksburg Campaign —
On State Highway 1, 0.7 miles west of U.S. 61, on the right when traveling west.
Rear Admiral David D. Porter’s flotilla arrived here late in the afternoon of March 16, 1863, after working all day to clear overhanging branches and uproot huge cypress trees in the 3 ½ miles from Steele’s Bayou though Black Bayou to Deer . . . Map (db m154539) HM
5Mississippi (Sharkey County), Onward — Hill’s Plantation
On State Highway 1, 0.7 miles west of U.S. 61, on the right when traveling west.
Union gunboats under Admiral David Porter reached this site on March 16, 1863, in Steele's Bayou Expedition. Sherman came here, then moved north to protect boats from the Confederate forces.Map (db m154540) HM
6Mississippi (Sharkey County), Rolling Fork — Carter Mounds — Mississippi Mound Trail —
On Deer Creek Road, 0.4 miles south of State Route 16, on the right when traveling south.
The Carter site consists of two earthen mounds separated by a plaza area. Mound A was built in at least two stages and is 13 feet tall. Mound Bis a burial mound and stands at just under seven feet tall. Both mounds are roughly six feet . . . Map (db m157608) HM
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7Mississippi (Sharkey County), Rolling Fork — 9 — Muddy Waters
On Delta Street south of Walnut Street, on the left when traveling south.
McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, was one of the foremost artists in blues history. In the late 1940s and 1950s he led the way in transforming traditional Delta blues into the electric Chicago blues style that paved the road to . . . Map (db m80120) HM
8Mississippi (Sharkey County), Rolling Fork — Rolling Fork Mounds — Mississippi Mound Trail —
On U.S. 61, 0.5 miles south of West Avenue, on the right when traveling south.
Rolling Fork Mounds consisted of three earthen mounds, all of which have sustained significant damage since they were first described in 1926. At that time, Mound A was 38 feet tall, Mound B was 20 feet tall, and Mound C was less than two feet. . . . Map (db m157533) HM
9Mississippi (Sharkey County), Rolling Fork — Sharkey County Courthouse
On Locust Street near Elm Street, on the right when traveling south.
Sharkey County, formed in 1876, was named for Mississippi Gov. William L. Sharkey, who served in 1865. Designed by architect William Sharkey Hull, this three- story courthouse was built in 1902 and includes elements of Beaux Arts, . . . Map (db m157535) HM
10Mississippi (Sharkey County), Rolling Fork — Teddy Roosevelt's Bear Hunt
On U.S. 61 at State Highway 1, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 61.
Pres. Theodore Roosevelt came to Smedes, 2 mi. S, in 1902 to hunt. On Nov. 14, Roosevelt refused to shoot a captive bear. Cartoons of the event are though to have led to the creation of the "Teddy Bear."Map (db m80119) HM
11Mississippi (Sharkey County), Rolling Fork — The Story of Teddy BearsDid you know the Teddy Bear was named after President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt?
On Walnut Street at Chestnut Street, on the right when traveling west on Walnut Street.
It all happened in Sharkey County! While hunting in the Mississippi Delta in 1902, President Roosevelt could not bring himself to kill a bear that had been tied up for him to shoot. He felt doing so would be unsportsmanlike. Word of this . . . Map (db m157613) HM
12Mississippi (Sharkey County), Rolling Fork — What is a Shotgun Shack?Once common across the South, these tiny cabins are disappearing
On Delta Street north of East China Street, on the right when traveling north.
Cabins once lined roadsides in the Delta Known as shotgun shacks, these houses were common in the Mississippi Delta near agricultural fields. Each home featured three to five rooms with no hallway just a series of doors leading from room to . . . Map (db m157609) HM
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Aug. 19, 2022