“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Crab Orchard in Cumberland County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Thomas “Big Foot” Spencer

Thomas "Big Foot" Spencer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, June 13, 2015
1. Thomas "Big Foot" Spencer Marker
Inscription. Thomas Sharp Spencer first visited Middle Tennessee in 1776. In the spring of 1778 he became the first Caucasian to clear land, build a cabin, and grow corn in the area. The following winter he resided in a giant hollow sycamore tree south of Bledsoe's Lick. His great stature and solitary life earned him his nickname. Thomas Spencer was ambushed and killed by Indians near Crab Orchard in 1794.
Erected by Tennesse Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2C 12.)
Location. 35° 53.213′ N, 84° 50.329′ W. Marker is near Crab Orchard, Tennessee, in Cumberland County. Marker is on U.S. 70, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Crab Orchard TN 37723, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Champ Ferguson (approx. 5.1 miles away); Kemmer Stand / Tavern (approx. 5.1 miles away); Grandview Normal Institute (approx. 9.9 miles away); Cumberland County's First Steam Engine (approx. 11.3 miles away); Cumberland County at War (approx. 11.3 miles away); The Rhea County Spartans (approx. 13.4 miles away).
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 88 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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