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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Putnam County, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Putnam County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Putnam County, TN (39) Cumberland County, TN (27) DeKalb County, TN (16) Fentress County, TN (12) Jackson County, TN (17) Overton County, TN (17) Smith County, TN (18) White County, TN (23)  PutnamCounty(39) Putnam County (39)  CumberlandCounty(27) Cumberland County (27)  DeKalbCounty(16) DeKalb County (16)  FentressCounty(12) Fentress County (12)  JacksonCounty(17) Jackson County (17)  OvertonCounty(17) Overton County (17)  SmithCounty(18) Smith County (18)  WhiteCounty(23) White County (23)
Cookeville is the county seat for Putnam County
Adjacent to Putnam County, Tennessee
      Cumberland County (27)  
      DeKalb County (16)  
      Fentress County (12)  
      Jackson County (17)  
      Overton County (17)  
      Smith County (18)  
      White County (23)  
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1 Tennessee, Putnam County, Algood — White PlainsOld Walton Road
William Quarles, Revolutionary War officer, settled here ca. 1809, built a house, barns, general store, blacksmith shop, and school, and set up a post office. His residence was a noted inn along the old pike. When Putnam County was established in . . . Map (db m76177) HM
2 Tennessee, Putnam County, Algood — 2D 21 — White Plains
William P. Quarles, a Revolutionary War veteran, settled here in 1805. A favorite stopping place on the Old Walton Road, which was built by the state in the early 1800s to join Nashville and Knoxville, White Plains contained a first-class inn, . . . Map (db m76176) HM
3 Tennessee, Putnam County, Baxter — Baxter Seminary
This is the site of the former Baxter Seminary, operated by the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1910-1959. J. Daniel Harris led the drive for the secondary school; its first President was Samuel E. Ryan. Under Harry L. Upperman it attained an enrollment . . . Map (db m12505) HM
4 Tennessee, Putnam County, Baxter — Major Richard Fielding Cooke
Major Richard Fielding Cooke was one of the most prominent pioneer citizens of Putnam County. As a member of the General Assembly in its 1853-54 session he was untiring in his efforts to secure the re-establishment of Putnam County. On February 11, . . . Map (db m182566) HM
5 Tennessee, Putnam County, Baxter — 2D 32 — Richard Fielding Cooke
Born in Virginia in 1787, Major Cooke served with Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. Moving to Tennessee with his family in 1816, Cooke settled nine miles southwest of Cookeville, acquiring 3000 acres. Serving in the Tennessee Senate, 1851-1854, . . . Map (db m182564) HM
6 Tennessee, Putnam County, Buffalo Valley — 2D 52 — Buffalo Valley School1929-1966
Built as the Great Depression began, Buffalo Valley School opened in 1929 and served continuously until 1966. It withstood flood and neglect as the once-thriving agricultural community gave way to urban consolidation. An important example of rural . . . Map (db m224766) HM
7 Tennessee, Putnam County, Buffalo Valley — Civil War in TennesseePartisan Warfare
The rugged landscape of the Upper Cumberland experienced some of the most vicious guerrilla fighting of the war, as residents were about evenly divided between the Union and the Confederacy. North of Ext 258 is Carthage, where part of . . . Map (db m105545) HM
8 Tennessee, Putnam County, Buffalo Valley — Jim Denny
A foundational behind-the-scenes player in the early Nashville music business, Jim Denny worked for the Grand Ole Opry and later launched one of Country Music's most successful music publishing companies along with a major talent booking agency. . . . Map (db m224767) HM
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9 Tennessee, Putnam County, Buffalo Valley — 2D 10 — Last Stagecoach Hold-Up
Here, about midnight, Oct. 15, 1882, “Bug” Hunt and “the two Edward boys,” held up the Cookeville-Nashville stagecoach driven by John Rayburn, robbed mail and passengers, but missed the registered pouch and quantity of money . . . Map (db m157318) HM
10 Tennessee, Putnam County, Buffalo Valley — Site of Roulston Stand
. . . Map (db m157316) HM
11 Tennessee, Putnam County, Buffalo Valley — Tennessee Veterans
Dedicated to all Tennessee Veterans living or deceased who have honorably served their country that freedom may reign.Map (db m24065) HM
12 Tennessee, Putnam County, Buffalo Valley — U.S. Senator Albert Gore, Sr.Tennessee
In 1956 Senator Albert Gore, Sr. authored legislation to create the largest public works project ever undertaken in the United States, the Interstate Highway System. The legislation was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 29, . . . Map (db m18195) HM
13 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — Buck's College
Isaac Buck led his family to this area from Pennsylvania in 1820. In 1849 he purchased land here, and in 1852 he and his son, Jonathan Buck, opened Andrew College, commonly called “Buck's College,” at this spot. It was the first known . . . Map (db m157380) HM
14 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — 2D 60 — Capshaw School
Founded in 1939, Capshaw School was part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal Program. Named in honor of Cookeville attorney and co-founder of Dixie College Robert Byrd Capshaw, the land that the school sits on, was once part of the Capshaw farm. . . . Map (db m124067) HM
15 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — Civil War In Putnam CountyA Divided Land
Putnam County was a divided land during the Civil War as local residents enlisted in either Federal or Confederate units. It also was a crossroads, as both armies passed through the county numerous times over such important historic roads as the . . . Map (db m159208) HM
16 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — Cookeville Confederate Memorial
Front: The Greatest Fighting Force Ever Assembled The Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865 “Not for fame or reward, not for place or rank, not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but simple obedience to duty as they . . . Map (db m157400) WM
17 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — Dixie College
This quadrangle was part of the grounds of the University of Dixie, commonly called "Dixie College," chartered 18 Nov. 1909. Jere Whitson and other Cookeville citizens led the drive for the college; Whitson donated twelve acres for the institution. . . . Map (db m27471) HM
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18 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — 2D 46 — Israel Putnam1718-1790
Putnam County, created in 1842 and re-established in 1854, was named for Major General Israel Putnam, who was commissioned on June 19, 1775 by the Continental Congress. A popular hero of the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Gen. . . . Map (db m75353) HM
19 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — 2D 25 — Mount Granger
Located ¼ mile south of this point on what was originally Old Walton Road, Mount Granger was the western distribution point for all U.S. mails to the southwestern frontier. In 1806 Mount Granger was named in honor of the Hon. Gideon Granger, . . . Map (db m157373) HM
20 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — Old Salem Methodist ChurchSouth, one mile
Isaac Buck organized this church, one of the oldest in the County in 1820. Before the Civil War the site was a famous camp meeting ground. When Putnam County was permanently established in 1854, courts met in the old log church, and militia mustered . . . Map (db m75262) HM
21 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — 2D 37 — Old Shipley Barn
Built in the 1830s, the Shipley Barn is one of the oldest structures in Putnam County. A uniquely preserved example of half-dovetail notched log construction, it was built by master craftsmen for Abraham Buck, a leading Upper Cumberland pioneer and . . . Map (db m157377) HM
22 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — Putnam County Courthouses
After Putnam County was established in 1854, this site was chosen for its courthouse. Fires destroyed the first building soon after it was erected in 1855, a second during the Civil War, and a third in 1899. Construction of this courthouse, James . . . Map (db m27474) HM
23 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — Putnam County Revolutionary Memorial
In memory of our Revolutionary ancestors and the pioneers of Putnam CountyMap (db m182579) WM
24 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — Putnam County Veterans Memorial
Putnam veterans who made the “supreme sacrifice” World War I Bartlett, John L. • Brewington, Fred • Bush, William C. • Butts, Bethel • Carter, Willis S. • Choate, James • Evans, Thomas J. • Haile, Max Morgan • Halfacre, Sherman • . . . Map (db m182673) WM
25 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — 2D 58 — Putnam County's Only Public Execution
On March 27, 1878, in gallows erected near here at the foot of Billygoat Hill, Joseph and George (Teek) Brassell were hanged in Putnam County's only publicly held execution. The justice system tried, convicted, and sentenced the brothers to death . . . Map (db m157393) HM
26 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — Putnam County's Third and Fourth Courthouses
Putnam County's third courthouse (above) was built in 1866 and burned in 1899. The present building (below) was completed in 1900 and remodeled in 1962, when the clock tower was removed.Map (db m182670) HM
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27 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — Richard Fielding Cooke
Major Cooke (1789-1870), b. Culpepper County, Virginia, veteran of the War of 1812, with his wife Margaret Cox settled on a farm about nine miles southwest of here in 1816. As a State Senator, 1851-55, he secured passage of a bill refounding Putnam . . . Map (db m157390) HM
28 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — 2D 56 — Site of WHUB Radio's First Studios
On July 20, 1940, broadcast pioneer Luke Medley (1907-1998) opened WHUB, the first radio station between Nashville and Knoxville, making Cookeville one of the smallest towns in the nation to have local daily news, music, and sports . . . Map (db m150740) HM
29 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — Steam Tractor 1886
Made by: Advance Thresher Co. Battle Creek, MI #212F Powered by wood or coal 13hp, runs up to 5 mph Brought here from Gallatin, TNMap (db m75265) HM
30 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — Tennessee Central Depot
A locomotive on the Nashville-Knoxville Railroad first steamed into Cookeville in 1890. The Tennessee Central bought the line in 1902 and built this depot with its distinctive pagoda design in 1909. Soon six trains daily brought visitors, shoppers, . . . Map (db m99450) HM
31 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — 2D 40 — Town Spring
On July 2, 1855, Charles Crook sold forty acres of land to the Putnam County Court for $100. An uncovered spring, located approximately fifty feet northwest of the marker, became known as "The Town Spring" and was the determining factor in locating . . . Map (db m62611) HM
32 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — Veterans Statue
Donated by the associates of AverittExpress in recognition and appreciation for our country's veteransMap (db m164864) WM
33 Tennessee, Putnam County, Cookeville — Walton Road - Old Burnt Stand
This street generally follows the course of the Old Walton Road, completed in 1801 and connecting present-day Kingston and Carthage. Along this principal land route between east and middle Tennessee rolled wagons taking settlers west, and stages . . . Map (db m76175) HM
34 Tennessee, Putnam County, Monterey — Gen. John T. WilderEast Tennessee Railroads and Bridges
Born in New York's Catskill Mountains, Union general and postwar Tennessee industralist John T. Wilder joined the 17th Indian Volunteers when the Civil War began. Wilder and his 17thh Indian Mounted Infantry (nickname "Wilder's Lighting Brigade") . . . Map (db m99010) HM
35 Tennessee, Putnam County, Monterey — Old Cumberland Hotel / Saint Raphael Mission
After the railroad reached Monterey in 1893, the town became a noted summer resort. The Cumberland, one of several hotels, stood here. The Episcopal Church operated a mission at this site, 1914-43. At the peak of the Institute's activity under the . . . Map (db m182676) HM
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36 Tennessee, Putnam County, Monterey — Standing Stone
In the early 1800s trayelers upon this highway, once part of the historic Walton Road, were mystified by a large stone which stood at this spot. It was believed to have been erected by Indians at some remote date. Because of the . . . Map (db m150743) HM
37 Tennessee, Putnam County, Monterey — 2D 57 — Standing Stone
A mysterious sandstone monolith of unknown origin stood just west of Monterey. According to local tradition, the structure resembled the shape of a large dog, which faced west over the edge of the Cumberland Plateau. Captain William Walton, . . . Map (db m150751) HM
38 Tennessee, Putnam County, Monterey — Standing Stone Monument
The sandstone rock atop this lighthouse-shaped pedestal is the only known remaining fragment of the 16-ft dog-shaped monolith that stood for centuries ½ mile to the west, marking an area of peace for the American Indians who travelled and hunted . . . Map (db m99000)
39 Tennessee, Putnam County, Monterey — 2D 45 — Stokes' Atrocity
(side 1) Four miles north of this site, the atrocity occurred during the War Between the States. On March 12, 1864, Federal Col. William B. Stokes and approximately 200 soldiers of the 5th Tenn. Volunteer Cavalry (Union) surrounded the . . . Map (db m98997) HM
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Feb. 28, 2024