Kona

Kona

This “scientific” community in west central Mitchell County is located near the junction of the North Toe and South Toe Rivers. Although there are several variations of how the community was named, the word Kona is actually short for the chemical makeup of feldspar. K...
Poplar – Hollow Poplar Creek

Poplar – 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 not...
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...
Toecane

Toecane

This central Mitchell County community is located at the junction of the North Toe River and Cane Creek. At an elevation of 2,058 feet, it was once a major stop on the Clinchfield Railroad line. Many goods that came into the county by train were unloaded at the...
The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918

The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918

A lot of older folks recall their parents and grandparents telling stories about the deadly “grip” that many Mitchell County families suffered 100 years ago. “They said that some took sick and died in two or three days. It was pretty bad.” Little did they know that...
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