WWI & Cumberland County, TN

The year is 1917 and the United States had just declared war. Americans had not been involved in a world war since the Revolution. But just as their grandfathers had, the men of Cumberland County, in true volunteer fashion, did not shy away from their American duty. 

Automobiles & Moonshine – A New Generation

Growing up in the south, NASCAR country, fast cars are nothing new. We all remember the day Dale died, but what is fascinating is not long ago these roads through Cumberland County had never seen a car. Once they did fascination grew, wonder ensued, cars came alive, and whiskey soon followed. 

The Three Courthouses of Cumberland County, TN

The first courthouse in Cumberland County was nothing more than an old log cabin. It sat across from where the current courthouse is located. It was built in 1856 but the growing town needed a bigger building.

The Beginning of a New Era

A new age had come to Crossville, TN, and it took many by storm: hangings, railroads, industry, prosperity, politics, and war. The simple way of life that many new settlers had moved there for was ending, but the town needed to grow.

Power Through

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney.

Post Civil War Cumberland County

“The dream of a railroad had seized the imagination of the boosters of Cumberland County apparently from the moment of the first track in the United States was laid in 1829. By 1840, there were about 2,700 miles of railroad in the U.S., of which 600 miles were in the South. Apparently, there was some expectation that a railroad would cross the Plateau, for in 1844 the post office at Crossville was renamed ‘Railroad Plains.’ Perhaps the hopes died quickly, for the following year the name was again listed as Crossville….”

The Civil War in Cumberland County (Part 2)

The geological paradox that is the Cumberland Plateau caused problems with the Civil War soldiers tasked with controlling the region. As a result a multitude of guerilla gangs and raids took place in the area.

The Civil War in Cumberland County (Part 1)

“….when the Provisional Army of Tennessee was formally handed over to the Confederacy, more than twenty-five thousand Tennesseans enlisted in more than fifty regiments across the state.”

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