Tallahatchie River is a river in
Mississippi which flows 230 miles
(370 km) from Tippah County, through Tallahatchie County, to
Leflore County, where it joins the
Yalobusha River to form the Yazoo
River. The river is navigable for about 100 miles.
Tallahatchie is a
Choctaw name meaning "rock of waters." The
sources of the
Tallahatchie River have outcrops of iron sandstone.
As part of the Flood Control Act of 1936, the federal government built
an earth-filled flood control dam on the Tallahatchie near the town of
Sardis, Mississippi, creating Sardis Lake.
2 In popular culture
3 See also
5 External links
Coldwater River (Mississippi)
Old Yocona River
Yocona River Canal
Little Tallahatchie River
Old Little Tallahatchie River
Panola Quitman Floodway
McIvor Drainage Canal
In popular culture
The river is mentioned in "
Tallahatchie River Blues," recorded by
Mattie Delaney in 1930. This blues song laments the devastation caused
in the local African-American community by a flood on the normally
shallow river. The river is 50 ft (15 m) deep with very
The river has historical significance due to the 1955 murder of Emmett
Till, an African-American youth visiting from Chicago, who was
brutally murdered by white men in Money,
Mississippi for allegedly
being impolite to a white woman. He was beaten, shot, and sunk in the
river with a cotton gin fan tied around his neck by barbed wire. This
event is mentioned in the song, "Freedom Highway" by The Staple
Singers, in the lines, "Found dead people in the forests, Tallahatchie
River and lakes... whole world is wondering, what's wrong with the
The eponymous wooden bridge over the river was popularized in Bobbie
Gentry's 1967 hit song "Ode to Billie Joe," which has the refrain,
"Billie Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie bridge." A film was
titled Ode to Billy Joe. The wooden bridge collapsed in 1972 after
being set alight by vandals. It crossed the
Tallahatchie River at
Money, about ten miles north of Greenwood, Mississippi. The bridge has
since been replaced.
List of rivers of Mississippi
^ Hopkins, Daniel J., editor (1997). Merriam-Webster's Geographical
Dictionary. (Third Edition). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc.
Publishers. p.1155.ISBN 0-87779-546-0
^ "The National Map". U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved Feb 9,
^ "Tallahatchie River". Geographic Names Information System. United
States Geological Survey.
^ Hopkins. Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary.
^ Stafford, James Douglas. (16 November 1975). "The Way of the River".
The Commercial Appeal. Mid-South Magazine. (Memphis, Tennessee).
^ Rowland, Dunbar. (1925). History of Mississippi: the Heart of the
South. 1. Chicago, IL-Jackson, MS: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. pp.
Mississippi State Highway Department. General Highway Map Panola
County Mississippi. (Map) 1981.
Mississippi State Highway Department. General Highway Map
Tallahatchie County Mississippi. (Map) 1979.
^ ""Freedom Highway" by The Staple Singers". Our Daily Lyric.
^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed
International Books Ltd. p. 239. CN 5585.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Tallahatchie River.
"Tallahatchie, a river of Mississippi". The American
Coordinates: 33°33′06″N 90°10′52″W / 33.55167°N
90.18111°W / 3