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Hollow Poplar Creek

Hollow Poplar Creek

  Hollow Poplar Creek was the original name of this community near where the Toe River becomes the Nolichucky as it flows into the Nolichucky Gorge and Tennessee. It was named for an enormous poplar tree that once stood there. This hollowed tree supposedly served...

Red Hill

Red Hill

The Mitchell County community of Red Hill earned its name when a family over-farmed one of it’s hillsides. When heavy rains came, washing all of the topsoil away, all that was left was a “red hill”.    ...

Huntdale

Huntdale

At an altitude of 2,058 feet, this western Mitchell County community derives its name from a man whose wife Dale frequently ran off. As he would canvas the community looking for her, he told neighbors he was off to “hunt Dale”. Since that time the community has been...

Crabtree Falls or Murphy Falls??

Crabtree Falls or Murphy Falls??

Crabtree Falls, the name which is most recognized by people today, cascades 70 feet over the Blue Ridge escarpment on its journey to the Toe River. A hike from the trailhead in the Crabtree Meadows Campground allows visitors to delight in viewing the falls year-round....

Bandana

Bandana

When the Clinchfield Railroad came into this western Mitchell County community on the Toe River, it was decided to locate a station near a certain point after the train was making several stops a day in that area. A brakeman marked the point by hanging his bandana on...

The Glenn Family of Chestnut Mountain

The Glenn Family of Chestnut Mountain

The David M. Glenn family settled in the Chestnut Mountain section of what is now called Little Switzerland in the 1860s. Glenn ran a store, grist mill, and sawmill, owned the Glenn Mines, and the voting precinct was named for him. Pictured (Front L-R): Will, David...

Altapass

Altapass

  When the Clinchfield Railroad made it s way through the Roses Creek Community in the early 1900’s, the Holston Corporation established a grand hotel with a golf course and other luxurious amenities for those wanting to escape the heat of the low country for the...

Minpro

Minpro

This community has often been called the “mineral belt” of Mitchell County because of the clay, spar, and mica mined in the area. Several mineral processing plants sprang up in the area in the early 1900’s. A workman at one of those plants suggested the name Minpro as...

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