Johnson City, Tennessee

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National Soldiers Home
Construction 1902

National Soldiers Home
Construction 1902

National Soldiers Home
Construction 1903

Main Street 1908
Newly paved with bricks!

First Christian Church
Men of the First Christian Church

Tennessee National Bank
High Resolution Photo
$10 Bank Note - 1902
$20 Bank Note - 1902
$20 Bank Note - Back of Note
Checks from Bank

Clinchfield Railway Depot 1908

Trolley Ticket from
Johnson City Traction Company
Link to Photos from
National Soldiers Home

Trolley: Main and Roan Streets
Reverse Image to read the Banner
Higher Resolution Photo
Inside the Trolley

Martha Wilder School

The Edisonia
First Theatre in Johnson City

Main Street - Gatsby's Block

1910 Panoramic View of Johnson City
Soldiers Home

1910 Panoramic View of Johnson City
"Treeless Tree Streets"

1910 Panoramic View of Johnson City
Downtown in Distance
1910 Panoramic View of Johnson City: Full Photo

Ashe Street

Clinchfield Railway Financiers
George L. Carter on Left

Model Mill
Second View
Red Band Flour Ad

Love-Thomas Building
Clinchfield Railway Headquarters

Engine No. 12 Tweetsie Railroad

Summers-Parrott Hardware

Residential View - 1910

Lake Watausee (later Cox's Lake)
Original Photo

"High Water" - 1908
Second View
Third View

Watauga AvenueTrolleys

Watauga Avenue

Market at Roan Intersection
Ready to Play - 1905

Harmon Produce

Better Roads Movement:
Johnson City Road Before Improvement

Johnson City Road After Improvement

July 4, 1910 Parade
High Resolution Photo

Trolley - Closeup

White City Laundry

Paving of Main Street with Bricks - 1908
High Resolution Photo

Congressional Gallery Pass
Signed by Walter P. Brownlow

National Soldiers Home Hospital
Block Brick used to pave Main Street in 1908 ( P.C. Snapp Collection)
1902 Bank Note from Unaka and City National Bank
Back of Currency

Note - Click on the thumbnail images above to link to larger images.

Sources - Archives of Appalachia, Burr Harrison Collection
Johnson City Development Authority Historical Collection
Johnson City Economic Development Board Collection
Sue Lyle Collection
Library of Congress

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From 1900 until 1910 Johnson City experienced its second major growth cycle. The completion of the National Soldiers Home in October 1903, led the recovery from the "railroad depression" of the 1890s. George L. Carter, the "Empire Builder of the Appalachians" also moved his headquarters to Johnson City in 1906 to develop the new Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio (Clinchfield) Railway. The combined talents, energies, and resources of Walter P. Brownlow, the most powerful Congressman in the South whose brainchild was the huge federally funded Soldiers Home, with George Carter, the great railway builder, gave Johnson City momentum for another prosperous decade.

A huge economic boost was also received when the State of Tennessee chose Johnson City as a site for one of 3 "Normal Schools" established for the purpose of teacher training. The foundation for Johnson City's current 21st Century medical/educational economic base was initiated 100 years earlier.
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