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.

Nov. 28, 1912: Notice on The Comet’s front page advertised a request for sealed bids for the erection of a high school building of fire-proof construction according to plans and specifications as drawn by Bauman Brothers, Knoxville. The new high school was built on the same site of the original Science Hill Male and Female Institute on a hill above Roan and Market streets.

Nov. 28, 1979: Tom Hodge wrote in his column in the Johnson City Press-Chronicle about the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Johnson City Public Library. This library was built on the site of the old Science Hill High School (later South Junior High School). It was later razed when the city built its current library a few blocks up North Roan Street.

Nov. 28, 1992: Smoky Mountain Wrestling came to Freedom Hall Civic Center.

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

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