Historic Map - Knoxville, TN - 1886

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View of Knoxville, Knox County, T.N., 1886 / drawn & published by H. Wellge.

This bird’s-eye view print of Knoxville, Tennessee was drawn by Henry Wellge and published by Norris, Wellge & Co. in 1886. Knoxville was established in the late 1700s along the banks of the Tennessee River and named after Revolutionary War general Henry Knox. Knoxville was made Knox County’s seat of government when it was formed in 1792.

The early community prospered as an agricultural center and supply post for travelers heading west. The East Tennessee & Georgia Railroad began serving the community in 1855.

During the Civil War, Knoxville citizens were divided as the town was the site of much fighting and sabotage, with both sides occupying the village and fort at different times during the conflict. Confederate troops that had fortified the town and fort fled before Union forces arrived in 1863. The Union army under the command of General Ambrose Burnside literally marched into Knoxville without incident. They occupied Knoxville until the end of the war, making it a transportation center for Union army supplies.

Knoxville’s reconstruction era prompted new industries and businesses to emerge in this scenic area of the Tennessee Valley.

The map includes labeled streets, buildings, bridges and railroad routes. Steamboat and railroad activity is portrayed in the foreground. It notes a population of 30,000 and features inset illustrations of the Southern Car Works and Knoxville College (Colored).

Features numbered & lettered references to the following locations:

Tennessee University.
Post Office and U. S. Court House.
Deaf and Dumb Asylum.
E. T. V. & O. Depot and Offices.
Lawson McGhee Library.
Girls High School.
Peabody School.
Hampden Sidney School.
Austin (Colored) School.
Bell House School.
Female Institute.
9th Ward School.
West End School.
St. John’s Episcopal Church.
1st Presbyterian Church.
2nd Presbyterian Church.
3rd Presbyterian Church.
1st Baptist Church.
M. E. Church, South.
M. E. Church, Clinch Street.
M. E. Church, Broad Street.
Roman Catholic Church.
Court House, Knox County.
Opera House.
Turner Park.
Fort Sanders.
Knoxville Iron Co.
Knoxville Woolen Mills.
Brookside Cotton Mills.
Evans & Co. Marble Works.
Phoenix Marble Works.
Standard Handle Factory.
Knoxville Car Wheel Co.
Knoxville Furniture Co.
Samuels Keg Factory.
Knoxville Button Factory.
Knoxville Tannery.
Barker Bucket Factory.
Knoxville Ice Co.
Caswell Furniture Co.
Knoxville Gas Works.
Craigs Sash Factory.
Knoxville Water Co.
Burr & Terry Sash Factory.
Elridge Carriage Factory.
Beach’s Marble Works.
City Mills.
Knoxville Foundry and Machine Shop.
Clarke Foundry and Machine Shop.
Jones Brick Yard.
Southern Car Works.
Fantz Sausage Factory.

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