Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Key Corner

Marker ID: THC 4E 14
Location: at the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 51) and Mill Creek Road, Halls, TN
County: Lauderdale
Coordinates: N 35° 55.046    W 089° 25.118
  35.91743333    -89.41863333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMMQ4


About 4 miles west on Forked Deer River, Henry Rutherford, North Carolina surveyor, chose a spot as the point of origin for his surveys of the Western District in 1785. To identify the "key corner" he carved his initials and surveyor's mark on a leaning sycamore tree there. He returned in 1819 and established a settlement also called Key Corner. He died in 1847 and is buried in the family burial plot east of that point.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.