Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Those Places Thursday: Stinking Creek, Tennessee

I've noticed a number of my ancestors from Campbell County, Tennessee lived in an area called "Stinking Creek."  Not a very appealing name in an area in the Cumberland Mountains that is incredibly beautiful.  I was curious as to how it earned this name; the Campbell County GenWeb page says that during a particularly cold winter in 1789-80, much of the wildlife in the area then called Sugar Creek, perished in the cold.  Their remains laid there until spring when the snow and ice melted, and -- you get the picture.  The Native Americans in the area began calling it Stinking Creek and the name remains -- without the stink.

If you're traveling on I-75 in northern Tennessee, you'll find Stinking Creek off of exit 144.  Don't let the name put you off.

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