“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Red Boiling Springs in Macon County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Red Boiling Springs

A Town of History and Healing

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Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, August 21, 2021
1. Red Boiling Springs Marker
Inscription.  The history of this area started due to the salt licks which gave Salt Lick Creek its name. It is just as the name implies, whereas the buffalo and other animals came and licked the salt emitting from the ground. Here they obtained their own medicine, the nutrients in the salt. The Big Barren Buffalo Road, the Tahlonteeksee Trail, and the Cumberland Trace followed the same path worn out many years ago by those varied animals. The Native Americans also followed these same paths seeking the animals as did the pioneer settlers who sought easier access into yet unexplored territory. There was a Cherokee village in what is now downtown Red Boiling Springs. The last known Cherokee chief was Chief Katawley. Long hunter Edmund Jennings happened upon this hunter's mecca, and afterwards news spread of this unique area and people began to settle this region. Shepard Wright Kirby and sister Susanna (Kirby) Goad discovered the healing properties of the many mineral waters. These are the mineral waters found here, listing the waters strongest to the mildest: double and twist, white, black, red, and freestone. During the Civil War there was only one hotel,
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the Bledsoe, which was a row of cabins. Due to this being the accommodation large enough for this purpose, this became an enlistment center and later it became a Civil War hospital. There was much movement of troops, Union and Confederate, through this region. The notoriety of the healing mineral waters brought many investors who built a booming and thriving mineral resort town. The town featured nine hotels and twelve boarding houses, all filled to capacity. There was a shooting gallery, bowling, skating, croquet, tennis, dancing, music, swimming, canoeing, fishing, golfing, horse back riding, and other attractions for all to enjoy. The town's popularity began to wane after World War II with the advent of modern medicine, the automobile, and better roads. Today three of the hotels can still be appreciated where one can find healing, not only in the baths, massages, mineral waters, and good food but also in the relaxation offered by the peace and quiet here. The gently flowing, soothing Salt Lick Creek offers its own relaxation. One can take a stroll through the many scenic parks and other beautiful areas offered locally. Through the many historic signs erected, the history can be learned that made this town famous. The walking quilt trail within the parks is unique and also very enjoyable. The Red Boiling Springs Heritage Museum offers education and delight through relics and
Red Boiling Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, August 21, 2021
2. Red Boiling Springs Marker
history of long ago. A small town with smiling faces and friendly places, Red Boiling Springs is still that mecca for anyone seeking the history of long ago, who has thought for today, and the desire for a better tomorrow.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil.
Location. 36° 31.817′ N, 85° 50.703′ W. Marker is in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, in Macon County. Marker is on East Main Street (Tennessee Route 151) just east of Valley View Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 419 E Main St, Red Boiling Springs TN 37150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sampson's Light Housekeeping (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Red Boiling Springs (a few steps from this marker); Nixon Boarding House and the Whitley Boarding House (within shouting distance of this marker); Leslie Bath House (within shouting distance of this marker); Hudson's General Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Reeves Grocery Store (about 300 feet away); Chitwoods Grocery Store (about 300 feet away); Page Bath House (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Red Boiling Springs.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 16, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 16, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia.   2. submitted on October 19, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Nov. 30, 2023