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Roadtreking: Reelfoot Lake

From the bloggers at Roadtreking.

“A lake the earthquake created,” is Reelfoot Lake in northwestern Tennessee. Prior to 1811 this scantily populated corner of Tennessee was a swampy area of cypress backwoods near the Mississippi River.

In 1811 and 1812 several violent earthquakes shook the eastern states — the New Madrid Earthquake. It toppled houses and chimneys in Tennessee and Kentucky, broke dishes and shook houses in Illinois, and it is said to have rung a bell in Boston.

A 500 acre portion of Tennessee sank some twelve feet, allowing the Mississippi River waters to rush into the depression. With such a catastrophic deluge the Mississippi River was said to have run backwards.

Reelfoot Visitor CenterReelfoot Lake is today a 15,000 acre shallow lake with some sections more swamp than lake.  The Reelfoot Lake State park is divided into 10 segments along 22 miles of the shoreline.

To read the full story by Roadtreking, click here.

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