Iron mining near Wrigley in 1939
PHOTO: TN State Library and Archives
In the 1920s, Wrigley was one of the main investors in the Tennessee Products Corporation, which owned and operated coal, iron and phosphate mines and factories in Chattanooga, Rockwood, Whitwell, Rockdale and other places.
Wrigley, in Hickman County, was one of the Tennessee Products Corp.'s "company towns" -- named for the same man people now associate with chewing gum and the Chicago Cubs. The main thing produced at the Tennessee Products Corp.'s Wrigley operation was charcoal, meant to be used by iron manufacturers.
Minnie Pearl and Roy Acuff on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry
PHOTO: Country Music Foundation
Sarah Cannon is the most famous person to ever come from Hickman County. But most people knew her by her stage name -- Minnie Pearl.
Cannon went to Ward-Belmont College in Nashville, which was a finishing school for young ladies. But she had a bubbly personality and a great sense of humor, and soon she became an actress. The Minnie Pearl character became a regular on the Grand Ole Opry starting in 1940. Today the very mention of the word, "HOW-DEE!" brings to mind the woman from Hickman County.
And at the eastern edge of Hickman County, a short stroll from the Natchez Trace Parkway, you will find one of the least publicized waterfalls in the state -- Jackson Falls.
Here is a photograph of the Hickman County Courthouse