“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Middlesboro in Bell County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)


Middlesborough Marker image. Click for full size.
By Elissa Graff, July 19, 2010
1. Middlesborough Marker
Inscription. English colony founded in 1886 by Alexander Arthur. Project financed by English company, the American Association, because of timber and rich mineral deposits here. Almost 100,000 mountainous acres in Va., Tenn., and Ky. purchased for the settlement. Town was named for Middlesborough, England. Railroad to Knoxville and Cumberland Gap tunnel built by the company.
Erected 1965 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 832.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 36° 36.499′ N, 83° 42.871′ W. Marker is in Middlesboro, Kentucky, in Bell County. Marker is on North 20th Street south of Lothbury Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middlesboro KY 40965, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mountain Vision (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonel Arthur Campbell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Middlesboro Meteorite Crater Impact Site (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky Cumberland Gap
Middlesborough Marker image. Click for full size.
By Elissa Graff, July 19, 2010
2. Middlesborough Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); The Emigrant's Dream (approx. 1.1 miles away); Gateway to Kaintuck (approx. 1.1 miles away); Two-Way Traffic (approx. 2 miles away); Defense of the Gap (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middlesboro.
Also see . . .
1. Middlesboro, Kentucky. Located near the famous Cumberland Gap, the area is known for its rich coal heritage, (Submitted on July 24, 2010.) 

2. History of the Bell County Historical Society - Middlesborough. As a result of the discovery of the ironstone deposits, the city was named after its English namesake. Although the spelling was soon altered to Middlesboro to facilitate postal delivery, the official city letterhead still retains the spelling 'Middlesborough'. (Submitted on July 24, 2010.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2010, by Elissa Graff of Middlesboro, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 810 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2010, by Elissa Graff of Middlesboro, Kentucky. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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