Today in Johnson City History: January 28

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press Jan. 28, 1901: The Old Soldiers Home, Mountain Home, now known as the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, was created by an act of Congress. Jan. 28, 1928: The First Church of the Brethren sanctuary was dedicated. The church was located at the corner of East Chilhowie Avenue […]

Yesteryear: Remembering when movie posters graced local theaters

By Bob Cox During a recent antique store visit, I came across several vintage westerns-genre movie lobby cards, one of which I desired immensely. The cast of the movie, “Outlaw Brand,” as depicted on my newfound treasure, included singing cowboy star Jimmy Wakely (my all-time favorite), sidekick Dub “Cannonball” Taylor and the token heroine, Kay […]

Today in Johnson City History: January 27

Jan. 27, 1887: The Comet opined that “Knoxville makes a great fuss over two sawmills. Johnson City has 19 right back of her and has never made half the fuss about them.” Jan. 27, 1935: The Johnson City Press reported that enrollment at the Junior High School had reached 1,065, the largest in the school’s history. The growth resulted from […]

All aboard! From Clinchfield to Carter, railways shaped Johnson City’s history

Johnson City’s history is woven with railroads. Chartered in 1849, the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad was the first to lay tracks across East Tennessee. It was followed by the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina (also known as the Tweetsie Railroad) followed in 1886. But the Clinchfield Railroad was the one to blow engineering standards […]

Today in Johnson City History

Jan. 26, 1911: George L. Carter donated by deed 120 acres of land to build a normal school in Johnson City as the state made a push toward compulsory schooling and public education. The teacher’s education institution would evolve over the years into East Tennessee State University. Jan. 26, 1935: Boston, Massachusetts, resident James J. Templeton visited […]

Today in Johnson City History: January 25

Jan. 25, 1894: The Comet reported that W. C. Price, the popular tonsorial artist, had opened a new barber shop in the Piedmont Hotel, where he would be proud to meet his old patrons. Jan. 25, 1951: The Langston Golden Tigers racked up their eighth-straight win with a one-point victory over Kingsport rival Douglass, 43-42. Jan. 25, […]

Johnson City surrendered its charter in 1879, but why?

In December 2019, the City of Johnson City will celebrate its sesquicentennial, marking 150 years since the city first gained its charter from the state of Tennessee in 1869.  

Railroads, iron, education and health care: A Johnson City timeline

As Johnson City readies for its 150th birthday a year from now, we thought we’d highlight some of the town’s highlights in a timeline. By no means is this a comprehensive list, but here are some key events in Johnson City’s history:

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