Snow Lake Shores, Mississippi

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Snow Lake Shores is a town in Benton County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 300 at the 2000 census. A July 1, 2008 U.S. Census Bureau estimate placed the population at 294.[2]



Snow Lake Shores is located at 34°49′26″N 89°14′30″W / 34.82389°N 89.24167°W / 34.82389; -89.24167 (34.823963, -89.241555)[3] along Mississippi Highway 4 (MS 4) in west central Benton County, approximately four miles west of Ashland and fifteen miles northeast of Holly Springs.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.2 km²), of which, 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (20.00%) is water.


The first Anglo settlers in the area were John M. Ferrell and his wife, who moved from Tennessee to a site west of present-day Snow Lake Shores in 1839. One of their ten children, Emaline, married an Englishman – Joe Shone. They built a house two miles east of the Ferrell homestead that became known as Shone's Pond.[4] The area around Shone's Pond consisted mostly of marsh and cypress swamps. The names Shone's Mill and Shone's Mill Pond were sometimes applied to the area in its early years.

In 1947, New Yorker Walter Utley moved to neighboring Marshall County with plans to build a resort-style development in the area. Big Snow Creek, with its three forks looked to be a good prospect. Around 1956, a partnership of three men – including Utley – organized to develop a residential subdivision that became known as Snow Lake Shores. In 1957, Big Snow Lake was created by building a dam on a local stream.[5] Snow Lake Shores was established in 1958 as a private, restricted resort community.[1] It was marketed as a safe, family-friendly place for people to both vacation and live year round. A volunteer fire department was created in 1974.[5]

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