Come one, come all! Dr. Knox answers your questions regarding the history of the Knoxville metropolis.

Did Knoxville Have a "Slave Cemetery," or is it a Mislabeled Google Map?

| Posted January 13, 2014

Dear Doc:Today, while exploring the area via Google Earth, I came across a spot on marked "Slave Cemetery." It was at the end of a dead-end road called Ventis Lane in the Heiskell/Powell area. The reason I found it odd... Read more...

Did Knoxville Have a "Slave Cemetery," or is it a Mislabeled Google Map?

| Posted January 13, 2014

Dear Doc:Today, while exploring the area via Google Earth, I came across a spot on marked "Slave Cemetery." It was at the end of a dead-end road called Ventis Lane in the Heiskell/Powell area. The reason I found it odd... Read more...

Tracing the Origins of Knoxville's Original Speedway

| Posted November 6, 2013

Dear Doc Knox:Was Speedway Circle (just south of the intersection of Rutledge Pike and Asheville Highway) ever used as a real racetrack?Howard A. SutherlandDear Mr. Sutherland:Indeed it was. This peculiar oval is in the Burlington residential community just a few... Read more...

So, About That Completely Intact, Underground Block Of Gay Street...

| Posted June 19, 2013

Hey Doc,Is it true that underneath the 100 block of Gay Street the original city buildings are still there and intact with their store fronts just as they were built?? I've been trying to find out for years.Bill WardMy Dear... Read more...

How the Bluegrass Community Got Its Name

| Posted May 1, 2013

Dear Doc Knox:I was researching the areas from the censuses and came across the article "Tracking Down the Mythical Paper Mill of Papermill Drive" by Dr. Z. Heraclitus Knox. I was wondering if he could come up with an answer... Read more...

The Lonsdale Riddle: What's With All Those Streets Named After Northern States?

| Posted February 20, 2013

Dear Z. Heraclitus Knox, 5th Earl of the Firth of Forth:I have a question about the street names in the Lonsdale community. Why are they named after different states? Somebody told me that it was because of the Civil War,... Read more...

The Infamous McClung Warehouses

| Posted December 21, 2012

Dear Doc Knox: Do you have any history into the significance of the McClung Warehouses as well as the McClung family in the Knoxville area? I would love to see some development rehabilitate the structures and continue to connect the... Read more...

Good News for the Walker-Sherrill House?

| Posted November 14, 2012

Dear Doc Knox,Now that the corners of Cedar Bluff and Kingston Pike are being overrun with more monstrous parking lots and big-box stores, I'm wondering what's to become of the old (antebellum, possibly?) brick house just to the west of... Read more...

Knoxville's Mysteriously Missing Streets

| Posted October 18, 2012

Dear Doc Knox:We have 11th through 22nd Streets in Fort Sanders, and I remember 10th Street before the World's Fair. But were there ever First through Ninth Streets?Joseph T. CorbellMy Dear Mr. Corbell:Well, the short answer is Yes. With an... Read more...

Knoxville: the South's Best Baseball Town?

| Posted September 12, 2012

Hello,I was wondering if Doc Knox could shed some light on the history of professional/semi-pro baseball teams in Knoxville. I was reading J. Neely's article on John Gunther and there was a mention of a team called the Smokies in... Read more...

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