Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Missouri - Tennessee, Lake County Line

Marker ID: THC 4B 11
County: Lake
Waymark: None


Lake County
Established 1870; named in honor of

Reelfoot Lake.

This was formed by earth movements in a series of earthquakes in 1811, which dammed Reelfoot River and caused some changes in the course of the Mississippi.


First settlement was by French pioneers at Ste. Genevieve in 1735. A trading post was established at St. Louis in 1764, when the territory had been ceded to Spain by France. Returned to France in 1803, it was sold to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase, became a territory in 1812, and the 18th state in the Union in 1821.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.