Tribal chief Reelfoot, named because he walked with a limp
Ruminated on needing a wife, so he traveled South to the land of the Choctaws.
Entranced by a Choctaw princess named Laughing Eyes, Reelfoot asked her father to have her in
Marriage. The Choctaw chief refused.
But Reelfoot ignored the refusal and kidnapped Laughing Eyes to make her his wife.
Legend says that in the midst of the wedding celebration, the Great Spirit, angered by Reelfoot kidnapping Laughing Eyes, made the
Earth tremble and roll causing waves from the Mississippi River to form what is now Reelfoot Lake.
This is a well-known Indian legend told about the 1811-12 New Madrid earthquakes in NW Tennessee.