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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Cookeville, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Jackson 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> Jackson County, TN (16) Clay County, TN (13) Macon County, TN (48) Overton County, TN (17) Putnam County, TN (38) Smith County, TN (15)  JacksonCounty(16) Jackson County (16)  ClayCounty(13) Clay County (13)  MaconCounty(48) Macon County (48)  OvertonCounty(17) Overton County (17)  PutnamCounty(38) Putnam County (38)  SmithCounty(15) Smith County (15)
Gainesboro is the county seat for Jackson County
Cookeville is in Jackson County
      Jackson County (16)  
      Clay County (13)  
      Macon County (48)  
      Overton County (17)  
      Putnam County (38)  
      Smith County (15)  
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1Tennessee (Jackson County), Cookeville — Spring Creek Baptist Church
Organized July 7, 1802 by Samuel McGee and Joseph Coons with Thomas McBride as the first moderator, the church was established by members of the Roaring River Baptist Church. The original church was located approximately one mile north of this . . . Map (db m150736) HM
2Tennessee (Jackson County), Cookeville — 2D 15 — Twelve Corner Church
On a hillock 300 yards from here stood this church, officially named Spring Creek Baptist Church. Organized July 7, 1802; with Samuel Meger and Jacob Cooms as first Presbyters, and Thomas McBride as Moderator. Was parent church for others . . . Map (db m150733) HM
3Tennessee (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
4Tennessee (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
5Tennessee (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
6Tennessee (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
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7Tennessee (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
8Tennessee (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
9Tennessee (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
10Tennessee (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
11Tennessee (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
12Tennessee (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
13Tennessee (Putnam County), Cookeville — Putnam County Revolutionary Memorial
In memory of our Revolutionary ancestors and the pioneers of Putnam CountyMap (db m182579) WM
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14Tennessee (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
15Tennessee (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
16Tennessee (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
17Tennessee (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
18Tennessee (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
19Tennessee (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
20Tennessee (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
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21Tennessee (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
22Tennessee (Putnam County), Cookeville — Veterans Statue
Donated by the associates of AverittExpress in recognition and appreciation for our country's veteransMap (db m164864) WM
23Tennessee (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
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Nov. 29, 2022