Benton, Polk Co, Tennessee Explosion

Illegal fireworks manufactur explodes to mutilate and kill eleven factory workers. Body parts found strewn throughout the area. The explosion was heard many miles away, Summer, 1983. www.polknewsonline.com



An earthquake in 1811 changes history. Happening along the New Madrid fault line this earthquake caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards for almost 36 hours. This is the same event that formed Reelfoot Lake in West Tennessee. Many Missouri Cherokee families saw the quake as a reason for leaving Missouri to return to their homes in East Tennessee and Arkansas.