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

UT RecSports Complex

UT RecSports Complex Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, May 7, 2017
1. UT RecSports Complex Marker
Inscription. Although no permanent villages or campsites were located on this site prior to the arrival of settlers, this property was part of the tribal lands of the Cherokee Nation.

In the late 1800ís and early 1900ís, this property was used as pasture for grazing cattle.

In the 1920ís, a small residential development known as “Slatey” occupied the eastern portion of this site. The Slatey community housed a mix of African-Americans and white families residing in approximately 15 “shotgun” houses. Remnants of Slatey remained occupied through the early 1960ís. The entrance to this Recsports Complex occupies the same location as the residential access to Slatey formerly provided via Mann Avenue.

For decades beginning in the late 1920ís, the runway of McGhee Tyson Airport paralleled Sutherland Avenue (formerly Sprankle Avenue). The runway extended from the area now serving as parking for this RecSports Complex east to Tobler Avenue that currently provides access to West High School. The airport was relocated near Alcoa in the late 1930ís.

In the late 1940ís, following the return of soldiers serving in WWII, the eastern half of this site was quickly developed by UT (trailers and barracks) to accommodate the influx of veteran and their families.

In the 1950ís and early 1960ís,
UT RecSports Complex Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, May 7, 2017
2. UT RecSports Complex Marker
a golf driving range occupied the area where fields 2 and 3 are now located.

In the late 1960ís and early 1970ís, two apartment complexes were developed on this site for married and graduate UT students; Golf Range on the west half and Sutherland on the east.

Those properties continued to house married and graduate UT students until 2010.

The property was redeveloped as a RecSports Complex for UT students that opened in the summer of 2013.
Erected by Archaeological Research Laboratory of the UT Department of Anthropology.
Location. 35° 56.779′ N, 83° 58.796′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is on Sutherland Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Knoxville TN 37919, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bleak House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Longstreet's Headquarters (approx. 1.4 miles away); Death of Gen. William P. Sanders (approx. 1.7 miles away); War Dog Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); Knoxville College (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Assault Upon Fort Sanders (approx. 2.7 miles away); Fort Sanders U.D.C. Monument (approx. 2.7 miles away); This street is dedicated to the memory of Sergeant Lillard Earl Ailor (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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