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Sweetwater in Monroe County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Tennessee Overhill Experience

From Furs to Factories

 

—Sweetwater-An Historic Commercial Center —

 
The Tennessee Overhill Experience Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 28, 2013
1. The Tennessee Overhill Experience Marker
Inscription. Prosperous farmer, railroad investor, and legislator, I. T. Lenoir deeded a track of his farm in 1858 for the location of a railroad depot on the East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad which bisected the fledging town of Sweetwater. Within a few years, Sweetwater was a bustling shipping point for wagon loads of wheat, other agricultural products and cattle from farms in southeast Tennessee and western North Carolina. Over the years, the town has boasted a number of industries ranging from cheese to clothing production, but still retains strong ties to the region’s agricultural base.

(Inscription under the photo in the upper right)
Sweetwater Depot and downtown, circa 1910s.

(Inscription under the photo in the lower right)
Each year, from mid-November to mid-January, millions of pounds of tobacco are auctioned in the warehouses north of Sweetwater on Hwy 11. In 1985, export of local tobacco to national markets changed from rail transport to commercial trucking, which relies on the interstate system. Photographs courtesy of Sweetwater Heritage Museum.
 
Erected by Tennesse Department of Transportation and others.
 
Location. 35° 35.979′ N, 84° 27.728′ W. Marker is in Sweetwater
The Tennessee Overhill Experience Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 28, 2013
2. The Tennessee Overhill Experience Marker
, Tennessee, in Monroe County. Marker is on North Main Street (U.S. 11) north of East Walnut Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Sweetwater Depot. Marker is in this post office area: Sweetwater TN 37874, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sweetwater Depot (here, next to this marker); Longstreet Encampment (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tennessee Meiji Gakuin High School 1989-2007 (approx. one mile away); The Great Craighead Cave (approx. 4.8 miles away); Lost Sea (approx. 4.8 miles away); Affair at Philadelphia (approx. 6.3 miles away); Battle of Philadelphia (approx. 6.5 miles away); Niota Depot (approx. 7.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sweetwater.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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