Johnson City in Washington County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
For the first thirty-nine years of its existence, Johnson City had dirt streets, which turned into muddy quagmires when it rained. In 1908 the City sold $49,000 worth of bonds to fund a contract with Kelly Brothers of Portsmouth, Ohio, to surface downtown streets with Peebles block bricks.
The first streets paved were Main from Roan to Buffalo, Market from Roan to the Southern Railway, and Roan from the tracks of the Southern to those of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Many of these bricks are still in place under the asphalt.
Top left: A trolley car turns onto East Main heading west, ca. 1900. Note the buggies, the horse, the power poles, the bicyclist, and the dirt streets.
Top right: East Main looking west in the 1920s. Note the paved street, the trolley lines, the sidewalks, and the street lights.
Bottom right: Life on Main Street in 1922.
Center: Workmen prepare the roadway for the installation of Peebles block bricks at the intersection of Main and Roan.
Erected by Johnson City History Tour
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 36° 18.993′ N, 82° 21.129′ W. Marker is in Johnson City, Tennessee, in Washington County. Marker is on East Main Street just east of Spring Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 202 East Main Street, Johnson City TN 37604, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Johnson City (within shouting distance of this marker); John Sevier Hotel (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Samuel Cole Williams (about 600 feet away); East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Depot (about 700 feet away); Science Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Summers Hardware (approx. 0.2 miles away); Johnson City Sessions (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Johnson City Sessions (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Johnson City.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 13, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.