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Bristol, Tennessee Historical Markers

 
Wide view of the Birthplace of Bristol Marker image, Touch for more information
By Paul Crumlish, July 15, 2011
Wide view of the Birthplace of Bristol Marker
Tennessee (Sullivan County), Bristol — 1A 137 — Birthplace of Bristol
The town of Bristol was planned and laid out by Joseph Rhea Anderson in 1852. Development began on this site in 1853 with the erection of Anderson's combined home and business. The building served as the community's first store, post office, bank, . . . — Map (db m22991) HM
Tennessee (Sullivan County), Bristol — Birthplace of Country Music Bristol, Tennessee Virginia Historic Downtown Bristol
Bristol has long been known as a hub for traditional mountain music. In the summer of 1927, Ralph Peer, a record producer from Victor Talking Machine Company, traveled to Bristol and set up a portable recording studio four blocks east of this . . . — Map (db m24031) HM
Tennessee (Sullivan County), Bristol — Bristol VA - TENN A Good Place to Live
Landmark Bridge Between Two States Erected 1910 Placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior September 8,1988 Marker in memory of Mattie and Jim Owens Bristol Historical . . . — Map (db m22993) HM
Tennessee (Sullivan County), Bristol — 1A 140 — Bristol Sessions July 25 through August 5, 1927
In 1927 Ralph Peer, a record producer with the Victor Talking Machine Company, set up a temporary music studio on this site. Over the next 12 days he recorded 76 songs by 19 artists, including the Stonemans, and the first recordings of Jimmie . . . — Map (db m82956) HM
Tennessee (Sullivan County), Bristol — East Hill Cemetery Historic Burying Ground
During the Civil War, Bristol was a strategic location on the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad. The Confederate Medical Corps established hospitals in the town, which soon became an important medical center. Wounded soldiers were brought by rail . . . — Map (db m82957) HM
Tennessee (Sullivan County), Bristol — 1A 65 — Evan Shelby
Born in Wales, 1719, he came here about 1771. A veteran of Braddock's Campaign and Lord Dunmore's War, he commanded a successful expedition against the Chickamauga towns, 1779. Member of the North Carolina State Senate, 1781, and brigadier general . . . — Map (db m22995) HM
Tennessee (Sullivan County), Bristol — 1A 64 — Evan Shelby's Fort
This fort was erected on high ground about two blocks south, in 1771, for the protection of the pioneer settlers. From it went forces to the battles of Point Pleasant, Long Island Flats and Chickamauga Towns. Here also occurred the preliminary . . . — Map (db m82958) HM
Tennessee (Sullivan County), Bristol — First Country and Western Recording
(North Face) Erected August 16, 1971 Honoring A.P. Carter Sara Carter Maybelle Carter Jimmie Rodgers Who recorded the first Country and Western music to be distributed nationwide in Bristol, Tennessee on August 2, 1927 (West . . . — Map (db m24036) HM
Tennessee (Sullivan County), Bristol — 1A 37 — First Ironworks
1/2 mile north, in 1784, Col. James King, Revolutionary veteran who was at Yorktown, built an ironworks at the mouth of Steel's Creek. A later associate was Governor William Blount. With the King Ironworks was also the first nail factory in the . . . — Map (db m22911) HM
Tennessee (Sullivan County), Bristol — Founder of Bristol
Erected in 2010 in honor of Joseph Rhea Anderson (1819-1888) who founded the original Town of Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee in 1852. Both sides of the town were given recognition on the official records of the time. He erected the first building in . . . — Map (db m82959) HM
Tennessee (Sullivan County), Bristol — Jimmie Rodgers
Jimmie Rodgers, known as “The Singing Brakeman” and “the Blue Yodeler,” was born in Meridian, Mississippi on September 8, 1897. After working as a brakeman for the railroad, a bout of tuberculosis forced Rodgers from the . . . — Map (db m23145) HM
Tennessee (Sullivan County), Bristol — 1A 70 — King College
Located 4 miles to the east in Bristol, Tennessee. Founded in 1867 by the Reverend James King and other Presbyterian leaders to provide "a thorough classical and scientific training, combined with moral and religious instruction." Since 1915 this . . . — Map (db m22913) HM
Tennessee (Sullivan County), Bristol — Ralph S. Peer (1892 - 1960)
Ralph S. Peer was born in 1892 in Independence, Missouri. He grew up in the record business, working in the shop where his father sold phonographs and recordings for the Columbia Graphophone Company. After service in WWI, as a talent scout for . . . — Map (db m23683) HM
Tennessee (Sullivan County), Bristol — Shelby's Fort
General Evan Shelby erected a fort here in 1771 that sheltered and protected pioneers and sent victorious forces to the battles of Point Pleasant, Long Island Flats and Chicamauga Towns Here was conceived by Shelby, Campbell and Sevier, an . . . — Map (db m35794) HM
Tennessee (Sullivan County), Bristol — 1A 131 — The Bristol Municipal Stadium The Stone Castle
The Bristol Municipal Stadium was built with funds provided by the Works Progress Administration between 1934 and 1937. The stone came from nearby Beaver Creek. A dedication ceremony was held on October 8, 1936, before the Tennessee High and Science . . . — Map (db m45941) HM

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