Jacks Creek, Tennessee

Jacks Creek (or Jack's Creek) is an unincorporated community in Chester County, Tennessee, United States.[1][2]

Jacks Creek, Tennessee
Historical marker along SR 100
Historical marker along SR 100
Jacks Creek, Tennessee is located in Tennessee
Jacks Creek, Tennessee
Jacks Creek, Tennessee
Jacks Creek, Tennessee is located in the United States
Jacks Creek, Tennessee
Jacks Creek, Tennessee
Coordinates: 35°28′7″N 88°31′15″W / 35.46861°N 88.52083°W / 35.46861; -88.52083Coordinates: 35°28′7″N 88°31′15″W / 35.46861°N 88.52083°W / 35.46861; -88.52083
CountryUnited States
StateTennessee
CountyChester
Elevation
463 ft (141 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
38347
Area code(s)731
GNIS feature ID1289172[1]

HistoryEdit

The area was settled in the 1820s.[3] There are multiple legends about the source of the name of the creek running through the community which bears its name. They agree only in that the "Jack" after whom it was named was a young African-American slave boy, who either drowned in the creek, discovered the excellence of its water, or was captured by Indians on its banks.[4]

There were two minor incidents near Jacks Creek during the Civil War: a skirmish one mile north of town, on September 12, 1863; and a one-day battle one mile south of town involving a Confederate unit under Nathan Bedford Forrest and United States Army troops out of Corinth, Mississippi, on December 23, 1863.[5]

In 1937 the community became the site of the Jack's Creek Intermediate Landing Field, an airport on the flight line between Nashville and Memphis that was designated as an emergency landing field. At one time it was the second largest landing field in the United States, with two runways, a beacon light and a radio control tower. During World War II the airfield was used by the U.S. Army Air Force as a practice site.[3]

GeographyEdit

The community is concentrated around the intersection Tennessee State Route 100 and Tennessee State Route 22A, east of Henderson and south of Lexington. It has an elevation of 515 ft. Its zip code is 38347.[6]

TodayEdit

Jacks Creek is home to the Jacks Creek Church of Christ [7] and Jacks Creek Elementary School.[8] Jacks Creek also has its own Post Office as well as several barbecue pits and restaurants.

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Jacks Creek, Tennessee". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Jacks Creek, Tennessee". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ a b Henderson/Chester County Chamber of Commerce website Archived 2008-09-21 at the Wayback Machine, accessed September 13, 2008
  4. ^ 'Chester County Historical Society. 'Chester County, Tennessee, 1882-1995: History and Families Paducah: Turner Publishing Company, 1998; p. 14
  5. ^ "Tennessee state historical marker in Jack's Creek". Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2011-03-18.
  6. ^ United States Postal Service (2012). "USPS - Look Up a ZIP Code". Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  7. ^ "Jacks Creek church of Christ".
  8. ^ "Jacks Creek Elementary School".

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