Knoxville in Knox County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Magnolia Avenue History
Magnolia Avenue has long been an important thoroughfare for Knoxvillians. The city's first electric streetcar carried passengers from downtown to Chilhowee Park via Magnolia Ave. Beginning in 1890 its builder was William Gibbs McAdoo, who in the 20th century would become U.S. secretary of the treasury and a presidential candidate.
Chilhowee Park was first known as Lake Ottosee, for its whimsically named primary attraction. The streetcar that served it, completed in 1890, was the first electric streetcar in East Tennessee. During special events, like holidays and expositions, it ran from downtown late in the night.
A view of Magnolia looking northeast from the downtown side of the bridge over First Creek. The photo by the Post Sign Co. appears to be from around 1930, but the grandiose streetlights hark from an even earlier era, heralding Magnolia as an avenue of significance. Magnolia's once-famous electric streetcar is in the background on the far right.
Erected by Knoxville History Project.
Topics and series. This historical marker Parks & Recreational Areas • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Knoxville History Project - Downtown Art Wraps series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 35° 58.632′ N, 83° 54.728′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is at the intersection of East Magnolia Avenue (U.S. 70) and Jessamine Street, on the left when traveling west on East Magnolia Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville TN 37917, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Beauford Delaney (here, next to this marker); Ruth Cobb Brice (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Magnolia Avenue History (about 700 feet away); Charles Griffin Farr (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Magnolia Avenue History (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Ruth Cobb Brice (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Magnolia Avenue History (approx. 0.4 miles away); Knoxville (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2021, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 27, 2021, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.