Today in Johnson City History: June 3

June 3, 1886: The Comet reported the death of Johnson City’s Fred H. Austin in Cranberry, North Carolina. He had been hauling lumber on a tram car when the break pin came out, rendering the brake useless on a steep grade. Fearing that men at the end of the track would be injured, he used a knife to make a wooden pin, but the car was already running at high speed. Just as he went to place the pin, a long piece of lumber fell from the car and struck him, throwing him from the tram car.

June 3, 1939: The Johnson City Cardinals split a double-header with the Newport Canners.

June 3, 1978: Foreigner performed for more than 7,650 fans at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

June 3, 1993: City Commissioners voted to buy Buffalo Valley Golf Course for $1.525 million.

June 3, 1995: Dan Fogelberg performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

June 3, 2010: City officials reported that Genesee & Wyoming, the parent company of East Tennessee Railway, had agreed the city’s $600,000 offer for a 10-mile stretch of land for the Tweetsie Trail, the first “rails-to-trails” project in East Tennessee.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; City of Johnson City

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