Touring the East Tennessee Backroads (Touring the Backroads Series)
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What do miniature golf, the Cherokee alphabet, country music, the atomic bomb, and the long-lost State of Franklin have in common?
They were all born in East Tennessee, of course.
Author Carolyn Sakowski drove over three thousand miles to update routes and directions for this second edition of Touring the East Tennessee Backroads. Though she didn’t much care for filling her gas tank, she loved reacquainting herself with the region’s rich history and unforgettable personalities.
Readers of this popular guide will meet frontier legends Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, and Sam Houston. They’ll encounter a pair of future presidents—the hotheaded, gun-toting Andrew Jackson and the fugitive Andrew Johnson—at decidedly unpresidential moments in their lives. They’ll witness where John Sevier assembled with the Overmountain Men during the American Revolution and where William Thomas’s Cherokee legion fought in the Civil War. They’ll see Rock City, visit sites on the Trail of Tears, and travel to the courthouse where Clarence Darrow battled William Jennings Bryan in the Scopes Monkey Trial. They’ll enjoy the best East Tennessee has to offer, from its mountain passes and TVA dams to its historic homes, churches, and gravesites.
The thirteen tours are amply illustrated with black-and-white photographs for the benefit of vacationers and armchair travelers alike.
from the Signal Point turnoff to the junction with TN 27. Turn right onto TN 27, heading toward Powell’s Crossroads. The road is named Suck Creek Road at this point. On your right, you will see a historical marker for The Suck. Another nearby historical marker mentions a river trading post that the French established, possibly on Williams Island, in 1760. The French wanted to take advantage of the defeat of the British at Fort Loudoun (see The Overhill Towns Tour, pages 314–19). Shortly after
Tom Thumb courses. Within three years, the United States had over twenty-five thousand miniature-golf courses. In 1930, Carter sold all American rights to a pickle manufacturer from Pittsburgh. Regrettably, the historic course was converted into a parking lot and tennis courts in 1958. Turn right onto Lula Lake Road, or TN 148, and follow it past the small business district of Lookout Mountain. Continue down the hill to the intersection with U.S. 41/64/72. Turn right to head straight into
construction were all fired by hand on the place. Rockhold Spring, located across the road from the house, still flows. It is 1 mile past the Wassom Mansion to Rockhold United Methodist Church, on the left. In 1847, William Rockhold deeded this land to the Methodist Episcopal church that was based here, so long as the church continued and camp meetings were held on the site; should public worship cease, the land would revert to the Rockhold heirs. Every year through the 1920s, campers scattered
this was not the first trainer Mary had killed, so officials decided her murderous career should come to an end. Aware of the value of free publicity, circus officials billed Mary’s performance that night as her last. They announced their intention to electrocute her at the performance. Once again, Mary defied them. Forty-four thousand volts were shot through her, but she only “danced around a little bit.” Things were getting serious now. Some local people mentioned that the railroad had
Reservoir, which eventually covered thirty-four thousand acres. To gain control of this land, over three thousand families had to be evicted. By June 1946, the TVA had erected what were called “high dams” in sixteen areas. It had purchased over a million acres of land and moved over thirteen thousand families. About two-thirds of that number were not landowners but tenant farmers. Landowners were made an offer based on estimates by field appraisers. No bargaining was allowed; the owner could