Well.. I figured since I'm going to be living here for a while and this weekend officially marks the longest I have EVER been outside of Arizona, I'd better get to know my new surroundings.
Knoxville was settled in 1791 and established in 1792.
The City of Knoxville was incorporated in 1815.
Knoxville was named after Henry Knox, President Washington's War Secretary.
The first train arrived in Knoxville in 1855
When it hosted the World's Fair in 1982, Knoxville was the smallest city to ever host an International Exposition. It was the last successful World's Fair held in America.
Knoxville is 20 miles south of Oak Ridge National Laboratory which was instrumental in the development of the atomic bomb.
The inventor of the Dempster Dumpster, George R. Dempster, was Mayor of Knoxville 1952-1955.
Downtown Knoxville is 936 feet above sea level
The soft drink Mountain Dew had its beginnings with Hartman Beverages in Knoxville in the late 1940's.
In 1974 Walter Cronkite designated Knoxville as the "Streaking Capital of the World." It was in the spring of that year that an estimated 5,000 people on Cumberland Avenue took their clothes off... stripping on the "strip".
In 1933 during the Great Depression, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) was founded by the U.S. Government to help create jobs, attract manufacturing, and provide electricity for all.
Still on the law books: It is illegal to lasso fish in Knoxville, TN.
Knoxville Zoo is the Red Panda Capital of the World, having the greatest success in breeding and survival of baby Red Pandas.
Knoxville is home to cable TV's HGTV, which is one of the fastest growing networks in cable history with nearly 84 million households in less than nine years.
Bethel Cemetery on Mabry Hill contains the remains of approximately 1,670 Civil War soldiers.
The major Hollywood feature film "October Sky," was shot in and around Knoxville. The 1999 film starred Laura Dern and Jake Gyllenhaal.
In 1978, the Knoxville Zoo had the first African Elephant bred and born in captivity in the Western Hemisphere. Her name was Little Diamond.
Still on the law books: All businesses must have a "hitching post" in front of their buildings in Knoxville, TN.
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