On April 19, 1851 the Memphis Commercial Appeal carried the following story from "The New Madrid Herald says that the shock continued longer and was more severe than any felt for several years.A rumbling noise resembling thunder, preceded and followed the shock. Near West Lake the earth opened in several places, and also on the farm of W. Connelly, eleven miles from the town. On the farm of Silas Beavers, six miles from town, it opened and threw sand and water to the height of forty or fifty feet. The earth had not opened before since 1812.
Having grown up on Little River, I have been fascinated with it. Over the past several years, as a local historian, this area has been a special interest.
Little River's Geographic Past