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1756-1838, Duplin County, North Carolina - Sullivan, Claiborne, Hancock Counties, Tennessee

 

Bear Creek, Claiborne County, Tennessee


Map of Straight Creek, Claiborne County, Tennessee
Bear Creek, in Claiborne County, Tennessee, before Norris Dam was built. Click the map above for a larger version. (TVA Stage D Map 85)
Area: Bear Creek (Claiborne, #85)
Big Barren Creek (Claiborne, #79)
Straight Creek (Claiborne, #86)
Walker's Ford North (Union, #80)
Walker's Ford South (Union, #81)
Area: Bear Creek
Big Barren (Claiborne Boat Dock)
Big Barren (Head of Barren)
Straight Creek (Church Road)
Walker's Ford North
Walker's Ford South
TVA: Ordering Maps & Photos
Norris Dam
Wikipedia: Clinch River
Norris Dam
Ford (crossing)

Bear Creek is on the Claiborne County side of Walker's Ford. It runs between the southeast side of Wallen's Ridge and the northwest side of Lone Mountain. Straight Creek runs along the other side of the ridge.

Bear Creek was a major settling point for the Walkers from at least the early 1840s, and more about the area is covered in the Walker's Ford article. Depending upon the time period, the residents likely considered themselves residents of Walker's Ford or Lone Mountain, and the U.S. Postal Service today considers the area part of New Tazewell.

The creek can be reached from modern Lone Mountain Road.

TVA Reservation Map

Most of the land around Bear Creek was not flooded when Norris Dam was built but is owned by TVA as part of their reservation, starting about at the current end of Bear Creek Road, which once ran all the way to the river, crossing over to what is now Walker's Ford Road in Union County. Joe Payne has posted a photo of the Walker's Ford Bridgeoffsite link graphic; for most of the time period relevant to the Walkers, though, there was no bridge.

The top, left-hand portion of this map covers a small bit of Straight Creek which is covered in more detail in the Straight Creek map.

Property Owners and Landmarks on the Map

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