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Little River Lumber Company

This photo from about 1930 shows an area near Tremont, in the Great Smoky Mountains, that had been completely cleared of trees PHOTO: Blount County Library Millions of Americans have followed in the steps of the Little River Lumber Company withou…

New Madrid Earthquake

Reelfoot Lake was formed by the New Madrid Earthquakes At about 2 a.m. on December 16, 1811, the ground began to shake uncontrollably. Large trees swayed, then snapped throughout Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, and other state…

Oak Ridge Letter

Paralee Raby and her stepdaughter Grace Raby Crawford Photo: Grace Raby Crawford When you research a single document, you never know where it might lead. There is a section of the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge devoted to the …

Sultana

Only two days after this photo was taken, the Sultana exploded, killing most of the men shown in this photo. PHOTO: T.W. Bankes The deadliest shipwreck in American history happened just a few miles north of Memphis. One April 27, 1865, the steam…

William Walker

William Walker's tombstone at Trujillo, Honduras PHOTO: Laura Vogtsberger de Rivera During the first half of the 19th century, enormous chunks of land were annexed by the United States, some of it by purchase (the Louisana Purchase, for exampl…