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Sequatchie County

Coal miners in Sequatchie County in the early 20th century PHOTO: Dunlap Coke Ovens Park There is coal beneath your feet in Sequatchie County. Near Dunlap today you can find the Dunlap Coke Ovens Park, where coal used to be mined and then conver…

Sevier County

The Space Needle towers over Gatlinburg Newfound Gap The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is obviously the biggest thing that ever happened to this county. Before the national park was there, most of the Smokies on the Tennessee side were…

Shelby County/Memphis

With about 650,000 people, Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee. It comes up many times in the Tennessee social studies curriculum. From de Soto to Martin Luther King, here are some of the more important points about the history of Memphis: …

Smith County

A view of Carthage from across the Cumberland River Gore PHOTO: Library of Congress Carthage was the boyhood home of former Representative, Senator, and Vice President Al Gore. Gore lost the closest presidential election in American history …

Stewart County

The view from Fort Donelson The hotel in Dover where Grant accepted the surrender after the battle of Fort Donelson Fort Donelson, near Dover, was the site of the first major Union victory in the Civil War. The Battle of Fort Donelson left…