Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Lake - Obion County Line

Marker ID: THC 4B 12
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 coune of the Mississippi.

Obion County
Established 1823; named for the

Obion River,

chief watercourse in the county. The name Obion is of uncertain origin. Some say it is an Indian word meaning "many prongs"; others say it was the name of a French-Irish officer, who explored the country at an early but unknown date.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.