Tiptonville, Tennessee/Bixby Towhead

Tiptonville, Tennessee/Bixby Towhead (HM25UX)

Location: Memphis, TN 38103 Shelby County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 8.968', W 90° 3.507'

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Panel #60 Mississippi Riverwalk

A) Tiptonville, Tennessee
Mile 872.8 AHP


Its ridge-top location has kept Tiptonville dry through every flood since it was founded in the early 1800s. It was a flourishing little river town by the beginning of the Civil War, and served as a Confederacy supply depot for the garrison at Island No. 10. After the island fell, the town surrendered. Sometime after the war, the Mississippi deposited a large sandbar in front of the town, and today Tiptonville lies more than a mile from the river. It is the center of commerce for the Reelfoot Lake recreational area.

B) Bixby Towhead
Mile 873.9 AHP


This sandbar was likely named for Captain Horace Bixby, a veteran river pilot of the 1800s. Bixby was piloting an old steamer named the Paul Jones, in 1855, when he took on a young apprentice named Sam Clemens. For a year and a half, Clemens was Bixby's "cub pilot," leaning the secrets of the river and the skills needed to navigate it. Years later, when Sam Clemens had become Mark Twain, he immortalized Captain Bixby in his autobiographical book Life on the Mississippi.
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HM NumberHM25UX
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Placed ByMississippi Riverwalk
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Date Added Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at 1:03pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 767972 N 3893580
Decimal Degrees35.14946667, -90.05845000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 8.968', W 90° 3.507'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 8' 58.08" N, 90° 3' 30.42" W
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Area Code(s)901
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 25 Riverside Dr, Memphis TN 38103, US
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