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  • Exploring the Wonder House Published 8/31/2011 at 1:52 p.m. 3 comments

    Peggy: "There is an old huge skeleton of a wooden building in the Rocky Hill community on Northshore Drive that is situated on a hill up in the woods. It is on Currier Lane, across from Roosters. It has been ...

  • Downtown Knoxville's Whittle Uprising Published 6/15/2011 at 11:34 a.m. 2 comments

    Whittle Communications—we may now be obliged to define it, for those who weren’t around in those heady days—was an unusual national publishing company, a maverick magazine factory that grew rapidly for 20 years before Chris Whittle built his Georgian collegiate-palatial ...

  • Cowan’s Cottage Published 5/18/2011 at 1:20 p.m. 0 comments

    hat is/was the building on the corner of 16th Street and White Avenue in the Fort Sanders neighborhood? How old is it? Does the University of Tennessee own it? What is inside of it?

  • Knoxville’s Atlantis Updated 3/26/2011 at 12:57 p.m. 0 comments

    Cherokee was to be a 60-square-block development with several hundred homes, a couple of parks, and six boat landings, spaced all the way around the peninsula. Part of the eastern shore was to be called Manhattan Beach.

  • DIY Historical Research Published 2/23/2011 at 12:12 p.m. 0 comments

    Becca and Russell McCurdy: "My husband and I moved into an historic home in Old North Knoxville this past July. We are interested in finding out the history of the home, but so far, haven’t been able to find much ...

  • The Full Story of the Waterwheel on Lyons Bend Published 1/12/2011 at 12:05 p.m. 0 comments

    For most of the 19th century, First, Second, and Third Creeks were churning with water-powered mills.

  • Knoxville's Lost Cable Car Published 12/15/2010 at 11:55 a.m. 0 comments

    Dear Doc Knox: How about recounting the story of the 19th-century cable car across Holston River from Neyland Drive to Cherokee Bluffs. What was the big attraction up there at that time?

  • Tracking Down the Mythical Paper Mill of Papermill Drive Published 9/22/2010 at 9:41 a.m. 0 comments

    J. Brian Long: Dear Doc Knox, Was there once an actual paper mill on Papermill Drive?

  • State St., That Great Street Published 8/18/2010 at 9:49 a.m. 0 comments

    Don, on the Tellico River: As a teenager I carried the News Sentinel and, at times, the Knoxville Journal. While carrying the “Downtown Route,” my manager dropped my bundle at the Commerce Avenue Fire Hall, located at the corner of ...

  • In Search of “N. R. Hall & Co. Market Square” Published 7/21/2010 at 8:52 a.m. 0 comments

    Dear Dr. Knox: What can you tell me about “N. R. Hall & Co. Market Square Knoxville, Tenn.”? This name is imprinted on a leather sweatband attached to a black vintage hat (circa 1920s?) purchased at an area antique shop.

  • Last House Standing Published 6/30/2010 at 10:33 a.m. 0 comments

    Dear Doc Knox:There is a wonderfully preserved arts-and-crafts house on N. Broadway Avenue. It’s a large green house that sits immediately north of a similar, but much smaller and less detailed house that is also green. This arts-and-crafts house of ...