“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)

Gay Street

The Center of Celebrations


—Betsey Beeler Creekmore —

Gay Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, May 30, 2018
1. Gay Street Marker
Inscription. July 4, 1793, was a gala day in the tiny Territorial Capital. The Gazette ecstatically reported that, at 2 p.m., the newly arrived Federal troops paraded, and fired a cannon to salute; at 4 o'clock, all the citizens partook of an elegant banquet that ended with the drinking of no fewer than 15 toasts; as darkness fell, a company of soldiers fired "feu de joie"; and the festivities closed with a display of fireworks. All this took place on the grounds of the Federal Blockhouse flanking Gay Street.

From that day to this, Gay Street has been Knoxville's traditional parade route. It has been the line of march for departing volunteers and for returning veterans of all wars beginning with Indian uprisings in territorial days. It has seen horse races and torchlight processions. There have been livestock parades, circus parades, U.T. Homecoming floats, Santa Claus parades, and Dogwood Arts Festival band competitions. In the past, families in new Spring finery joined the Easter Parade, and families brought costumed children to stroll the brightly lighted street on Halloween. Now Knoxville's extended family gathers for Saturday Night on the Town.

Gay Street changes with the changing times, but it remains the heart of Knoxville.
Location. 35° 57.868′ N,
Gay Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, May 30, 2018
2. Gay Street Marker
View looking west into the Krutch Park extension.
83° 55.079′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is on South Gay Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is about 165 feet north of Clinch Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 531 South Gay Street, Knoxville TN 37902, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tennessee Ernie Ford (a few steps from this marker); The Everly Brothers (within shouting distance of this marker); Knoxville's Old Custom House / Fiddlin' Bob Taylor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Krutch Park (about 300 feet away); Market House Bell (about 400 feet away); Knoxville's Market House (about 400 feet away); White's Mill (about 600 feet away); Elvis Presley (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
Also see . . .  Gay Street (Knoxville). (Submitted on June 8, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. View of Gay Street • Can you help?
Paid Advertisement We are suspending advertising until they remove an ad for a certain book from circulation. A word in the book’s title has given rise to number of complaints. The word is inappropriate in school classroom settings.