Tullahoma in Coffee County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
A Railroad Town
Tullahoma is twelve miles southwest of the Coffee County seat at Manchester and midway between Nashville and Chattanooga. The town is located on the Highland Rim 1070 feet above sea level and is on a ridge separating the Elk and Duck Rivers watersheds. Its elevation, the railroad, and numerous springs in the area contributed to its fame as a health resort in the late
The city's population was never more than 4,000 until World War II when Camp Forrest, a major armed forces induction center, was located near here, causing the population to jump (temporarily) to 75,000. In 1950 the U.S. Air Force established the Arnold Engineering Development Center, a major aerospace ground test facility, on the Camp Forrest site. With the coming of technicians, engineers, and scientists for this and other new industries, the present population has reached about 19,000.
The University of Tennessee Space Institute near here offers post-graduate degrees in engineering and science. Located nearby also is Motlow State Community College which offers Associate degrees in Arts and Science. The Beechcraft Heritage Museum in Tullahoma displays various versions of the “staggerwing” bi-planes and other Beech aircraft.
Top left: The Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad was the first railroad in the state of Tennessee.
Bottom left: Workers constructing the massive wind tunnel at Arnold Engineering Development Center.
Top right: Confederate General Braxton Bragg; Union General William S. Rosecrans
Bottom right: A woman stitching covers on Worth baseballs for the Lannom Manufacturing Company in Tullahoma during World War I.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Education • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1852.
Location. 35° 21.786′ N, 86° 12.595′ W. Marker is in Tullahoma, Tennessee, in Coffee County. Marker can be reached from NE Atlantic Street north of East Lincoln Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker is in Caboose Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tullahoma TN 37388, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Red Caboose (here, next to this marker); Fortress Tullahoma (a few steps from this marker); Tullahoma Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Verandah Hotel — RR Depot and Dr. Cowan House (within shouting distance of this marker); Provost Marshall's Headquarters South Jackson Street (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Livery Stable (about 800 feet away); L.D. Hickerson House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wilson-Crouch (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tullahoma.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 1, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.