Historic Markers Across Tennessee



Island No. 20/Cottonwood Point/Booth Point, Tennessee/Linwood Bend



Marker ID:  20
Location: Mud Island River Park, 125 N Front Street, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 8.968    W 090° 3.507
  35.14946666    -90.05845
Waymark: None
 



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Island No. 20/Cottonwood Point/Booth Point, Tennessee/Linwood Bend

Panel #57 Mississippi Riverwalk


A) Island No. 20

Mile 8290 AHP




The wandering geography of Island No. 20 illustrates the Mississippi River's erratic nature. Navigation charts of 1801 show the island lying near the west bank. Later, the river moved and placed the island close to the Tennessee bank. Then, once again the river changed paths, leaving Island No. 20, still Tennessee territory, permanently attached to the Missouri shore.



B) Cottonwood Point

Mile 832.9 AHP




The tall trees that gave this point its name were abundant along this part of the river, and several nearby wood yards provided steamboats with cottonwoods for fuel. Early settlers used the easily split timber for their cabins and stockades. Under good conditions the trees grow very fast, up to seven feet a year, and a number of cottonwood plantations have been established in the Lower Mississippi Valley to produce pulpwood.



C) Booth Point, Tennessee

Mile 839.0 AHP




In 1860, a well known steamer, A.T. Lacy, was just approaching Booth Point when it caught fire. The pilot quickly ran the boat to shore, but many passengers panicked, jumped overboard, and drowned. The boat's clerk grabbed the owner, A.T. Lacy's daughter, went over the rail and swam for shore with the girl on his back. They were just short of the bank when a large tree floated around the bend, caught the child's clothing and swept her under. The village of Booth Point disappeared at the end of the steamboat era.



D) Linwood Bend

Mile 840.0 AHP




This dangerous curve was a graveyard for wrecked steamboats in the mid-1800's. It was named for the Linwood, which sank at the head of the bend in 1847. An 1847 map shows four wrecked boats in the channel, numerous sandbars, and an enormous pile of driftwood at the top of the bend.

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


Notes:

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.