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Putnam County Markers
Tennessee (Putnam County), Algood — 2D 21 — White Plains
William P. Quarles, a Revolutionary War veteran, settled here in 1805. A favorite stopping place on the Old Walton Road, which was built by the state in the early 1800s to join Nashville and Knoxville, White Plains contained a first-class inn, school, and general store. Putnam County's first post office was located here. — Map (db m76176) HM
Tennessee (Putnam County), Algood — White Plains Old Walton Road
William Quarles, Revolutionary War officer, settled here ca. 1809, built a house, barns, general store, blacksmith shop, and school, and set up a post office. His residence was a noted inn along the old pike. When Putnam County was established in 1842, the site served as a county seat. Quarles' grandson, Stephen D. Burton, farmer, merchant, and slave trader, built this home before 1860. — Map (db m76177) HM
Tennessee (Putnam County), Baxter — Baxter Seminary
This is the site of the former Baxter Seminary, operated by the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1910-1959. J. Daniel Harris led the drive for the secondary school; its first President was Samuel E. Ryan. Under Harry L. Upperman it attained an enrollment near 400 and a quality academic and vocational curriculum, stressing Christian principles and offering a self-help program for deserving students. — Map (db m12505) HM
Tennessee (Putnam County), Buffalo Valley — Tennessee Veterans
Dedicated to all Tennessee Veterans living or deceased who have honorably served their country that freedom may reign. — Map (db m24065) HM
Tennessee (Putnam County), Buffalo Valley — U.S. Senator Albert Gore. SR. Tennessee
In 1956 Senator Albert Gore, Sr. authored legislation to create the largest public works project ever undertaken in the United States, the Interstate Highway System. The legislation was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 29, 1956. All interstate leading into Tennessee are marked as "Albert Gore, Sr. Memorial Highway". Senator Gore's hometown, Carthage, is located 10 miles from here. — Map (db m18195) HM
Tennessee (Putnam County), Cookeville — Dixie College
This quadrangle was part of the grounds of the University of Dixie, commonly called "Dixie College," chartered 18 Nov. 1909. Jere Whitson and other Cookeville citizens led the drive for the college; Whitson donated twelve acres for the institution. Construction began 16 May 1911. In Sept, 1912, high school and junior college classes began in a building where Derryberry Hall now stands. In 1915 the Dixie Board ceded its property to the State to endow the present University — Map (db m27471) HM
Tennessee (Putnam County), Cookeville — 2D 46 — Israel Putnam 1718-1790
Putnam County, created in 1842 and re-established in 1854, was named for Major General Israel Putnam, who was commissioned on June 19, 1775 by the Continental Congress. A popular hero of the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Gen. Putnam became famous for saying, " Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes," at the Battle of Bunker Hill. — Map (db m75353) HM
Tennessee (Putnam County), Cookeville — Old Salem Methodist Church South, one mile
Isaac Buck organized this church, one of the oldest in the County in 1820. Before the Civil War the site was a famous camp meeting ground. When Putnam County was permanently established in 1854, courts met in the old log church, and militia mustered outside. The present structure was built in 1925 — Map (db m75262) HM
Tennessee (Putnam County), Cookeville — Putnam County Courthouses
After Putnam County was established in 1854, this site was chosen for its courthouse. Fires destroyed the first building soon after it was erected in 1855, a second during the Civil War, and a third in 1899. Construction of this courthouse, James Yeaman, architect, by Scott-Smoot, contractors, was completed in 1900. It was remodeled in 1962-63 — Map (db m27474) HM
Tennessee (Putnam County), Cookeville — Steam Tractor 1886
Made by: Advance Thresher Co. Battle Creek, MI #212F Powered by wood or coal 13hp, runs up to 5 mph Brought here from Gallatin, TN — Map (db m75265) HM
Tennessee (Putnam County), Cookeville — Tennessee Central Depot
A locomotive on the Nashville-Knoxville Railroad first steamed into Cookeville in 1890. The Tennessee Central bought the line in 1902 and built this depot with its distinctive pagoda design in 1909. Soon six trains daily brought visitors, shoppers, and salesmen to town and took natives to distant places. Also, freights loaded with lumber, hogs, corn, and tobacco rolled to faraway markets. — Map (db m75447) HM
Tennessee (Putnam County), Cookeville — 2D 40 — Town Spring
On July 2, 1855, Charles Crook sold forty acres of land to the Putnam County Court for $100. An uncovered spring, located approximately fifty feet northwest of the marker, became known as "The Town Spring" and was the determining factor in locating Cookeville as the county seat. This spring served as the source of water for many early residents. — Map (db m62611) HM
Tennessee (Putnam County), Cookeville — Walton Road - Old Burnt Stand
This street generally follows the course of the Old Walton Road, completed in 1801 and connecting present-day Kingston and Carthage. Along this principal land route between east and middle Tennessee rolled wagons taking settlers west, and stages carrying passengers and mail. An inn once stood on this site. After it burned, the area was known locally as "Old Burnt Stand Place." — Map (db m76175) HM
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