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McMinn Historic Timeline

Updated: Jul 8, 2022

McMinn County Timeline



1796 Tennessee Territory also known as "the Southwest Territory" becomes a state.

1796-1818 Settlers come into Indian Territory.

1800 Fever in Knoxville (yellow fever probably)

1800 Thomas Jefferson · Elected President of the United States

1800 19 Counties existed in state boundaries

1800 Library of Congress established

1801 Anderson County · Created from Knox and Granger Counties

1801 Jackson County · Created from Smith County and Indian lands

1801 Roane County · Created from Knox County and Indian lands

1801 Claiborne County · Created from Granger and Hawkins Counties

1801 23 counties existed in state

1803 Louisiana Purchase

1804 Second Treaty of Tellico · Signed October 24 · Formal agreement to open first roads in area

1804-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition

1805 Indian Treaty · Chickasaw Cession · Signed July 23 · Land transferred · Creek Treaty ·

1806 Indian Treaty · Dearborn's Treaty · Signed January 7 · Land transferred

1806 Campbell County County · Created from Anderson and Claiborne Counties

1806 Overton County · Created from Jackson County and Indian lands

1806 White County · Created from Jackson and Smith Counties

May 24 1807 Tornadoes hit Roane, Knox, Sevier, Jefferson and Cocke counties

1807 Bledsoe County · Created from Roane County and Indian lands

1807 Rhea County · Created from Roane County

1808 TN river floods-- Knoxville

December 1812 Severe Winter

1812-1814 War of 1812

1814 -1815 Andrew Jackson · Defeated the British at the Battle of New Orleans

1815-1821 Joseph McMinn is Governor 1816 "Cold Plague"

1816 Chickasaw Treaty · Signed September 20

Summer 1816 Unusually low temperatures state wide

1819 Financial Panic Hits entire country

1819 Drought

1819 The first steamboat reached Nashville.

1819-February Hiwassee Purchase Treaty makes Indian Lands available for settlers

1819 McMinn Co opened for settlement

1819/1820 Monroe Co opened for settlement

1819/1820 Polk Co opened for settlement

1819 Land transferred Hamilton County · Created from Rhea County and Indian Lands

1820 Judge Keith held Circuit Court in Calhoun

1821 Pumpkintown was never Athens. Merchant Eli Hurst is credited with commenting how the hills around the town looked like the town in Greece thus the Name Athens.

February 1823 Severe Winter statewide

1822 Athens dedicated as the County Seat

1823 Monroe Doctrine

1823 Courts moved from Calhoun to the County Seat of Athens

1823 Calhoun Presbyterian Church erected.

1823 Joseph McMinn Indian Agent in Calhoun

1824 Joseph McMinn dies at his desk. Buried in Presbyterian Graveyard of Calhoun (Now known as the Shiloh Presbyterian Cemetery) 1824 Gold in Coker Creek Monroe Co TN

1826 Forrest Hill Academy established

March 1826 TN river floods

1830 Ephraim Slack builds Mill on Mossy Creek

May 1830 Drought

1832-1833 Cholera epidemic statewide

Nov 13-15? 1833 Meteor shower- heavy, general panic statewide

1834 Reaper invented by Cyrus Hall McCormick

1834 First Newspaper published in Athens Valley Freeman

1834 John Walker Jr murdered by James Foreman

Feb 1835 Severe Winter East Tennessee

1835 Indian Treaty · Treaty of Removal · Resulted in the Trail of Tears · Signed Dec. 26

1835 Dahlonega GA Gold rush starts

1835 Planters Bank opened in Athens

1837 Panic of 1837

1837 Hiwassee Patriot a whig newspaper established

1838 State bank opened in Athens

1838 Cherokee Removal Starts known as "the Trail of Tears"

1838 Cholera epidemic Knoxville

June-winter 1838 Malarial fever epidemic-Knoxville

May 1840 TN river floods

1840 Underground railroad

1842 TN river floods

1844 Tennessee Journal succeeds Valley Freeman

Nov 28 1844 Earthquake- Knoxville

March 1847 TN river floods

Dec 19 1847 TN river Floods

1848 Gold Located at Sutter's mill in California

1848 Athens Post started

June-Aug 1849 Cholera epidemic

Mid April 1849 Severe cold and snow statewide

June 1850 Cholera epidemic

about 1850 Spinning Mill built in Mt Verd area

Apr 29 1852 Earthquake- VA, NC, and TN

Aug 28-30 1852 TN river flood

1854 Cholera Epidemic

1857 Judge Charles Fleming Keith dies

July 17 1859 Tornado Decatur TN

1861 Abraham Lincoln becomes president

1861-1865 American Civil War Several Units formed here both Confederate & Union

Feb 1862 TN river flood

May 20 1862 Homestead act

1863 Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves

1864-1873 National Trade union Movement

Apr 27 1865 Sultana explodes on Mississippi river

September 1866 Cholera Epidemic

1866 Tennessee first state readmitted to the union

1867 Yellow Fever epidemic

Mar 1-7- 1867 TN river floods

Mar 6-14 1867 TN river floods Knoxville and Chattanooga

1869 Riverboat wreck on TN river near Dayton "RP Converse" and "Last Chance"

1869 First Transcontinental Railroad

1870 TN river near Chattanooga riverboat "Mary Byrd" wrecks

1871 Major fire in Chattanooga

Apr 20 1871 TN river floods

1872 Franklin Association Bank founded becomes Bank of Athens

1873 Yellow Fever Epidemic

Jan 22 1873 Blizzard in Middle TN

May-Aug 1873 Cholera Epidemic

1875 TN river riverboat wreck near Chattanooga "Hugh Martin"

Mar 1875 TN river floods Knoxville

Mar 3 1875 TN river floods Harriman

November 2 1875 Earthquake N GA and SC

Mar 17 1876 TN River floods

Jun 17 1876TN River floods

Dec 1876-1877 Severe cold statewide

1877-1878 Drought

Aug-Oct 1878 Yellow Fever epidemic

Jan 1882 TN river floods

1882 The Athenian started

Winter 1882-1883 Smallpox epidemic- Chattanooga Cleveland and Morristown

1883 TN river floods

Feb 1884 TN river floods

Feb 9 1884 Tornadoes throughout TN

Mar 1885 TN river floods

1885 Bank of Athens becomes First National Bank

Mar 1886 TN river floods

1886 McMinn Citizen started

1887 Drought

Mar 11-14 1888 Great Blizzard (largest before March 1993)

Mar 1890 TN river floods

1893 Financial panic statewide

Jan 1893 TN river wreck near Chattanooga "JC Warner"

Jan 1893 severe cold statewide

Feb 18 1893 TN river floods

1894 earthquake Knoxville

1894-1896 drought

Dec 20 1895 Coalmine disaster Dayton Rhea Co

Apr 1896 TN river flood

1897 Niota fire

Feb 1897 TN river flood

Mar 1897 TN river flood

1897 Goldrush in the Klondykes

1898 Spanish American War

1898-1899 Cerebro-Spinal meningitis epidemic Knoxville

Oct 1900 TN river flood

Nov 26 1900 TN river flood

1901 Trew's open Cotton Gin in Dentville

May 18-21-1901 TN river flood

Aug 14 1901 TN river flood

Dec 1901 TN river flood

Feb 28 1902 TN river flood

Mar 1902 TN river flood

Jul 5 1902 TN river flood

1903 RFD service begins in Athens

Feb 27 1903 TN river flood

Feb 3 1905 Severe cold statewide

1906 San Francisco Earthquake (Many McMinn Countians were there at the time)

Apr 30 1909 Tornadoes statewide

May 31 1909 TN river floods Knoxville

Mar 28 1913 Earthquake Knoxville

Apr 17 1913 Earthquake Ducktown

1913-1914 drought

1914 tornado

1916 polio epidemic statewide

1916 influenza epidemic

Jul 15-16-1916 TN river floods

Mar 1917 TN river floods

1917 America enters WWI ends Nov 1918

Winter 1917-1918 Winter storm statewide

1914- Nov 1918 WWI (rest of World except America)

Jan 27-28 1918 TN river floods

Fall 1918 Influenza pandemic statewide

Mar 16-17 1919 TN river floods

Apr 3-4- 1920 TN river floods

April 12 1920 TN river floods

Dec 24 1921 severe storms statewide

1923 Measles statewide

1925-1926 drought

1925 Forest fires statewide

March 1925 "Scopes Monkey Trial" in Dayton Rhea Co

Oct 4 1926 Rockwood Roane co coalmine disaster

Nov 25-26 1926 Tornado

Dec 31 1926 TN river floods

Feb 3 1929 TN river flood

Mar 22 1929 Severe Storm east TN

May 2 1929 TN river flood

Oct 29 1929 Stock Market crash-- beginning of great depression

1930-1931 drought

Mar 19-1933 Flood TN river

1933 Measles epidemic statewide

Jan 21 1935 TN river floods

Mar 25 1935 TN river floods

Dec 1935 Forest fires statewide

1936 Meningitis statewide

Jan 1936 TN river floods

Summer-Fall 1936 Polio epidemic statewide

Winter 1936-1937 Influenza and pneumonia epidemic

1936-1937 Knoxville "Black death" probably yellow fever

Jul 21 1938 TN river floods

Jul 8-10-1939 TN river floods

1940 severe winter

1940-1942 drought

Jun 7 1940 TN river floods

Aug 1940 TN river floods

1941 Whooping cough statewide

Summer -fall 1941 Polio epidemic Hamilton co

Aug 1941 TN river floods

1941-1945 WWII

1941-1943 Measles epidemic statewide

Feb 5-6 1942 Tornado TN

Dec 1942 TN river floods

1943 whooping cough statewide

1943 meningitis statewide

1944 D-Day Normandy

Sep 29 1944 TN river floods

1945 VE Day victory Europe VJ Day victory Japan

1945 United Nations formed

1945 Diphtheria epidemic statewide

1945-1946 Polio epidemic statewide

1945 TN river flood

Jan 7 1946 TN river flood

Aug 1 1946 Battle of Athens

Feb 13 1948 TN river floods

Dec 31-Jan 1 1948-1949 Tornado TN

Jan 1949 TN river floods

1950-1951 Infectious hepatitis outbreak Knox co

Jan -Feb 1951 Severe winter

1951 Bowater's expands to include Calhoun TN

Sep 1 1951 TN river floods

Mar 1952 Tornado

1950-1953 Korea

Feb 29 1952 Tornado McMinn Co

Jun-Jul 1952 Heat wave Statewide

May 2 1953 Tornado McMinn and Meigs county's

1954 drought

Apr 28 1954 TN river floods

Aug 9 1954 TN river floods

Mar 1955 TN river floods

1957 Influenza statewide

Jan 23-31 1957 Severe ice storm statewide

Jan 28 1957 TN river floods

Nov 18-19 1957 Flood Spring city Rhea co

Nov 18 1957 TN river floods

Mar 27 1959 TN river floods

1960-1961 Infectious hepatitis epidemic statewide

Mar 2 1960 Ice storm statewide

Dec 12-18 1961 TN river floods

March 19 1963 Tornadoes Bradley and McMinn County's.

April 28 1964 TN river floods

Oct 5-6 1964 TN river floods

Oct 16 1964 TN river floods

1964 McMinn County Courthouse Burns

Mar 16 1965 TN river floods

Apr 15 1965 Tornado Bradley co

1966-1967 drought

1967 New McMinn Courthouse finished

1969-1971 drought

Feb 21 1971 tornado

Jan 7-8 1973 ice storm SE TN

Feb 8-11 1973 winter storm

1973 Major Flood hits East Tennessee

Apr 3 1974 Tornado Knox, Polk, Bradley, McMinn co

Feb 4 1976 earthquake Conasauga

1977 winter storm

Apr 4 1977 TN river floods

1979 TN river floods

1980-1981 drought

May-Sep 1981 weather related deaths--lightning strikes across state

Dec6 1981 Chattanooga coal mine disaster

Apr 2-12 1983 TN river flood

May 27 1983 Explosion- Benton fireworks factory

1985 President Ronald Reagan Visits Athens

1985-1986 drought

May-Sep 1986 Weather related deaths- lightning strikes across state

Fall 1987 Forest fires statewide

1991 Gulf War

March 1993 Greatest Blizzard in over 100 years

Feb 16 2003 Knoxville and East TN have several major waterway floods and mudslides.

March 19 2003 new war

April 30 2003 earthquake 4.9 centered in North east Alabama but felt all the way to KY

May 5-8 2003 Severe rainstorms and floods

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