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Good, well-researched article. I was familiar with the Appalachian Exposition (and its fancy AE logo) but not this later one at the same location.
The idea around a major Knoxville event focused on conservation would resurface with planning in the late 1970s for the Energy Exposition during the midst of the Carter-era energy shortages in the US. It was later renamed the more appealing Worlds Fair by its opening in 1982 and energy conservation was downplayed.
What about out of town and even out of state alumni contributions to UT? When they go down I imagine that the cuts in staff that result certainly would be a blow to the Knoxville economy.
If the Vols don't do well on the field then alumni are probably not willing to donate as much so it is all interconnected.
Like you Jack I graduated in the early 1980s and do not recall anyone ever talking about "the Rock." It was just sort of there, in the background, much like a tree or sidewalk on campus.
An overlooked but iconic image of the UT campus is the footbridge that spans Cumberland across from Strong Hall with "The University of Tennessee" set into its concrete sides. For two years I walked this bridge from Clement Hall to class and other parts of campus. Various banners related to sports, protests, or clubs were hung from it.
The newer footbridge farther east which spans The Hill and the other side of Cumberland has the potential to become an icon also, especially when looking east towards the bridge as it frames downtown Knoxville in the distance.
Another iconic view was the lit-up orange letters atop Neyland Stadium at night, facing the Tennessee River, as viewed from the balcony of the Communications Building.
Volunteer Landing is certainly unique among major colleges and universities around the US.
It makes me wonder how journalism schools in universities across the country are preparing their students for a future...where there are no jobs?
Who designed the ornate Clinch Avenue viaduct over Second Creek and the former L&N tracks?
The answer could be to increase the percentage of out-of-state students since they pay full fare without state subsidies.
The entrance requirements for out-of-state students in terms of ACT scores and GPA are much higher than for in-state students. UT should make the entrance requirements the same and slowly boost the total of out-of-state students by percentage to raise more revenue.
The University of Iowa currently has a student body that is some 40% out-of-state students paying full fare.
Summer Place is also shown in the 1903 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Knoxville (for sale at the East Tennessee History Museum) as being between Spruce and Oxford and east of Locust.
My favorite street names though are Peed Alley or Possumtrot Alley, both just blocks away from Summer Place according to the same set of Sanborn maps.