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Whiskey Chute

A small stream off Lake Chicot divides Stuart's Island from what is known locally as Sunnyside Plantation. From 1835 to 1855, John Murrell and his group of outlaws rode, raided and terrorized the Delta countryside. The marauders were responsible for bank robberies, riverboat piracy, and stealing and reselling slaves in several states, including Arkansas. One of their hideouts was on Stuart's Island. In 1855 a steamboat laden with whiskey was captured by Murrell's gang and towed to the hideout. During their drunken celebration a group of natives organized and wiped out the entire gang. The steamboat and the whiskey sank to the bottom of the narrow channel that is now known as "Whiskey Chute."

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Off Lakeshore Drive. Take first right after Ark. 257 onto Causeway (Dam Road) crossing over Lake Chicot. Whiskey Chute is on the left immediately after Stuart Island Road. Historical marker notes site., Lake Village, Arkansas