Water's Role In Our County's Life

Nell Morisette
NewsTribune Special Columnist

Hello, Readers. I read "From Our Branch... To Yours" by Doris Melton Hightower on roadkill. I had some friends from Arkansas camping at Pilot Knob. They saw a car hit a squirrel and kill it. The man dressed it and they had squirrel, gravy and biscuits for dinner.

Important Creeks in Benton County

As no other county in Tennessee is better watered than Benton, I will list some of the most important creeks.

Beaverdam Creek: A tributary of Cypress, this creek rises in the county, ranges nearly south, and empties into Cypress east of Camden. (since the formation of the Kentucky Lake reservoir, Beaverdam Creek empties directly into the Tennessee River.)

Birdsong Creek rises near the Carroll County line, ranges northeast, and also empties into the Tennessee River.

Burnside Creek, a tributary of Cypress, rises north of Camden and ranges southeast.

Cane Creek is a tributary of Cypress, one branch of which rises southwest of Camden, the other northeast, the two forming a junction near Camden and then emptying into Cypress Creek.

Crooked Creek, a tributary of the Tennessee River, ranges northeast.

Eagle Creek is in the southern part of the county near the Decatur County line. It ranges northeast and empties into the Tennessee River.

Harmon's Creek rises in the county, ranges northeast, and empties into the Tennessee River.

Lick Creek, another tributary of the Tennessee River, ranges northeast.

Rushing Creek rises in the northeast part of the county, ranges northwest, and empties into the Big Sandy River.

Seventeen-Mile Creek rises in the southern part of the county, ranges southeast, and empties into Birdsong Creek.

Sugar Creek is a small stream which rises in the county and is also a tributary of the Big Sandy River.

Sulphur Creek rises in the county ranges northwest, and empties into the Tennessee River.

Sycamore Creek ranges north and is a tributary of Birdsong Creek. Another tributary of Birdsong is Wolf Creek, which also ranges north.

Weston A. Goodspeed Company noted many years ago about the creeks in Benton County. The first settlers in this county, as well as their Indian predecessors, built their habitations along these many creeks. Much of the county's folklore deals with the creeks and springs, which have meant so much to the people of generations.

Many people have been saved, and many baptisms were done in these creeks. The picture is of a baptism in one of the creeks.

People in Water

Thought For The Week

Born once, die twice. Born twice, die once.


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