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The Marble City
The Underwear Capital of the World
Chamber of Commerce.
A history page for Knoxville.
Knoxville was the capital of both the Territory and the state of Tennessee until 1819. It is also one of the oldest cities in the state. The city was named for Henry Knox, the first national Secretary of War.
Knoxville was once known as the Marble City due to the active marble quarries in the area for the famous Tennessee pink marble. Another distinction for the city was its designation as the Underwear Capital of the World. During the 1930's, there were at least 20 textile and clothing mills here. The industry thrived until the 1950's when the plants began to close. The closings caused a distinct loss of population in the area at that time.
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There are THREE National Parks surrounding the Knoxville area - The Great Smoky Mountains, Cumberland Gap and Big South Fork.
Things to see and do in Knoxville and the area.
Beck Cultural Center
1927 Dandridge Ave.
This center features the history of African-Americans in the area from the late 1800s to the present. Please call for hours and details.
Confederate Memorial Hall - Bleak House
3148 Kingston Pk. S.W.
This Victorian mansion was occupied by Confederate General James Longstreet in Nov. of 1863. The museum features memorabilia, Victorian furniture, Confederatcy artifacts and a library of southern literature. The outdoor gardens should also be looked at.
East Tennessee Historical Society Museum
The museum features both permanent and temporary exhibits about the history of the area. Among the artifacts is Davy Crockett's first rifle, "Old Betsh." There is also a children's activity area called, "Davy's Attic," for hands-on fun with history. Please call for details.
Frank H. McClung Museum
1327 Circle Park Dr.
University of Tennessee
Many exhibits in archaeology from all over the world. Special exhibitions are held during the year. Please call for details.
James White's Fort
The original house was built in 1786 by James White and was the first permanent home builtin what is now Knoxville. It features a kitchen, three guest log cabins, an original main cabin and more. Beautifully manicured grounds surround the attractions. Please call for details.
Old Gray Cemetery
543 N. Broadway
This cemetery was establised in 1850 and is on the National Register of Historic PLaces. The graves include over 27 past Knoxville mayors. Many veterans from all past US wars are buried here. there are 13 acres of mature trees and Victorian-era stonework. Please call for details and hours.
Women's Basketball of Fame
700 Hall of Fame Drive
The only hall of fame in the world dedicated to women's basketball with 32,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits and films tracing the history of the sport. Please call for hours and details.
International Biscuit Festival - held in Knoxville each year in May. Find out who can make the tastiest biscuit of all!
The local economy is largely influenced by the main campus of the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Other related facilities are also nearby.
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Knoxville has a Mayor-Council form of Government. It is also the County Seat of Knox County.
2000 - 33.4 years
Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 76,453
2000 - 84,981
Per Capita Income:
2000 - $ 18,171
2009 - $ 22,163
Median House Value:
2000 - $ 77,800
2009 - $ 124,400
Knoxville is located in the Eastern Time zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.