Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Point a La Hache, Louisiana/Magnolia Plantation, Louisiana

Marker ID:  4
Location: Mud Island River Park, 125 N Front Street, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 8.848    W 090° 2.891
  35.14746666    -90.04818333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Point a La Hache, Louisiana/Magnolia Plantation, Louisiana
Panel #4 Mississippi Riverwalk

A. Point a La Hache, Louisiana
Mile 45.0 AHP

French explorers named the slight curve in the river bank “Point of the Axe.” It is the end of the Mainline Levee System on the east bank.

B. Magnolia Plantation, Louisiana
Mile 47.0 AHP

Two sea captains named Bradish and Johnson bought a large piece of land here and established a plantation in 1708. Its magnificent ten-room mansion, Magnolia, was the showplace of the territory. The levee in front of Magnolia Plantation gave way in 1903, opening a wide crevasse. Flood fighters had anticipated the emergency and a trainload of repair materials was standing by in Algiers. The train picked up workers on the way, reaching Magnolia in time to close the break before serious damage was done.

Photo credit: Alligator at Bayou Gator Park, Natchitoches, Louisiana - Louisiana Office of Tourism

A photo of this marker can be found on HMDB.org


AHP - Above Head of Passes, this is the distance from the mouth of a river when measured along the course (navigable channel) starting at zero.