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Johnson City Commercial Historic District - TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler
N 36° 19.023 W 082° 21.067
17S E 378712 N 4019961
Quick Description: Downtown Johnson City was formed around the intersection of the two railroad lines which allowed transportation on the natural resources from the area.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 7/5/2009 6:28:33 PM
Waymark Code: WM6Q0H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
Per the secondary weblink below, we learn: "Johnson City was seen as a potential “Pittsburgh of the South.” Northern capitalists sought mineral rights, railway rights-of-ways, and bought thousands of acres during the 1880s to develop raw materials and start new industrial towns with Johnson City, Tennessee being one of the focal points. Johnson City and its booming industrial suburb called Carnegie, grew at a phenomenal rate between 1882 and 1892. However, an unforeseen world-wide depression, the Financial Panic of 1893 forced many major railroads and related industries into bankruptcy. Johnson City went from “boom town” momentum to a land of broken dreams and misfortune in quick fashion."

"In 1906, George L. Carter moved to Johnson City to undertake another ambitious project – the completion of the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway" which succeeded in crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains, thus providing east-west transporation of manufactured goods.

The downtown business district is attempting a revitalization key to many older cities. Several shops and eateries pull folks to the old sections. Hands On Museum (Children's Museum Waymark WM5CQ6) is an excellent learning opportunity.
Street address:
Bounded by E. Market St., E. Main St., Tipton St., Buffalo St., Spring St., S. Roan St., and Colonial Way
Johnson City, TN USA

County / Borough / Parish: Washington County

Year listed: 2003

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event

Periods of significance: 1875-1899, 1900-1924, 1925-1949, 1950-1974

Historic function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic, Government, Religion

Current function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic, Recreation And Culture, Religion

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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