Psalm 117 is only two verses long but has a few words of wisdom. It says, "O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people, for his merciful kindness is great toward us; and the truth of the Lord endureth forever. Praise ye the Lord."
Today I want to speak of the sand blows in the farmland around Buffalo Island. Nearly all fields on this land are full of sand blows. My dad's little farm had them all over. If you were gathering corn you would come to one and the corn was short and the yielded very little. As the wagon passed over the sand blow it became much more fertile and there would be a lot of corn. Some sand blows maybe covered a half acre. I always wondered about them and how come they were scattered over Buffalo Island.
I talked to older people and mot of them had a similar suggestion. They came about during the tremendous earthquake in the year of 1811. That must have been a tremendous earthquake. Somehow the New Madrid Fault gave way and numerous sink holes fell in. Two of those fall-ins became Big Lake in Mississippi County and Reelfoot Lake in western Tennessee.
Should that size earthquake happen today Memphis, Tenn., would crumbled into rubble. Maybe even Little Rock or St. Louis. Picture a many ton whale jumping back into the ocean. What a splash he would make. Think about what a splash it would make if millions of tons of dirt fell up to 16 feet with a thud. That is what happened all of a sudden. At that time Buffalo Island had never come to be named. The quake was so powerful that water spewed out of the ground that had a lot of sand below ground level.
Mr. Tom Buffaloe, a historian of years gone, had a writing about his ideas of the sand blows. He suggested that at the time the water and sand spewed up in thousands of places sometimes reaching hundreds of feet in the air. It is hard to imagine such a cataclysmic event affected the area. When it was over the spouts of water and sand were evident and still are today. Smaller rivers and streams changed their courses. It was so big that it toppled huge trees and many fell to the ground.
On my dad's little place there was a huge tree that laid across about 30 rows that we never knew how it came to be there. Dad farmed with mules and had to turn around because of the huge trunk. It was a cypress tree and it must have been eight feet across. A neighbor told me one time that it probably fell in that great earthquake. I was a sizable boy when my dad finally used dynamite to blow it out so he could manage it with a team of mules. Other people told me of such occurrences on their farms.
Mr. Buffaloe said that the many sloughs and lakes we have today were formed in much the same way. It is suggested that the sunken lands were once many feet deep. Today they have been filled in and the depth is around four feet. A river runs through Big Lake and it is far deeper than the shallower parts of the lake.