Today in Johnson City History: Dec. 1

Dec. 1, 1869: Johnson City received its charter from the state of Tennessee.

Revitalizing downtown Johnson City: Creating space for all

I heard a statement recently that has stayed with me, “Downtowns are the one place in a city that belongs to everyone.” I believe that is certainly true for us in Johnson City. Downtown is an integral part of our history, and as we focus on recruiting business and young professionals to our city, the way our downtown is perceived becomes even more important. Downtowns are iconic and powerful symbols for a city and often contain the most recognizable landmarks, distinctive features, and unique neighborhoods.

Today in Johnson City History: November 30

Nov. 30, 1888: The State of Tennessee chartered John T. Wilder’s “Watauga Improvement Company.” This provided for building houses, grading streets, making sidewalks, libraries and schools, as well as other like-infrastructure.

Johnson City at 150: Then & Now

Just a block from where Henry Johnson built his general store near Brush Creek in 1856, the town he founded will celebrate its 150th birthday today in King Commons Park.

Today in Johnson City History: November 29

Nov. 29, 1888: From the pages of The Comet: “Our friend S.H. Hendrix, of Carters, has replaced our sick rooster with great big frizzly one. It is a fine crower and if we that do not get chicken hungry before that time, he will crow for the democracy in 1892.”

Today in Johnson City History: November 28

Nov. 28, 1889: Ground had been broken for the new depot of the “Three Cs” Road — the short-lived enterprise of Gen. John T. Wilder, the Charleston, Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad.

Today in Johnson City History: November 27

Nov. 27, 1890: The Comet reported that the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough had passed through Johnson City earlier that week. The duke at the time was Charles Richard John Spencer-Churchill, the 9th Duke of Marlborough. The duchess was American Consuelo Spencer-Churchill, born Consuelo Vanderbilt, a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family.

Today in Johnson City History: November 26

Nov. 26, 1885: The Comet reported on an unsuccessful attempt at courting. “A young gentleman being introduced to a certain young lady in this place a few evenings since, after a rather lengthy conversation with her mid in his departure: ‘Good evening, ma’am; I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you again some time in the near future,’ when she replied, ‘Yes, I hope so, thank you — in heaven.’”

Today in Johnson City History: November 25

Nov. 25, 1886: Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Reeves had lost two of their children within the past few days, Emma, 2, and John, 4, died from diphtheria. A third child was very low and another had just recovered from this terrible disease.