History

Harris High Senior Trip 1952

Harris High Senior Trip 1952

The May 1, 1952, issue of the Tri-County Newsreported on the 4-day visit the Senior Class of Harris High School in Spruce Pine made in April to Washington, D.C.  The highlight of the trip to the nation’s capital, they said, was visiting Clyde R. Hoey, US Senator from...

The Mountain Springhouse – An Absolute Necessity

The Mountain Springhouse – An Absolute Necessity

Before the days when water was piped into homes, mountain folks were often able to take advantage of fresh water running down the mountainside or bubbling up from the earth.  A section of running water might be diverted into a channel lined with rocks; it was cleared...

The Story of the Spruce Pine Depots

The Story of the Spruce Pine Depots

With all the excitement of the exterior renovation of the Spruce Pine Depot, we thought we would take a look back at the history behind the two depots that have existed in Spruce Pine. The South & Western Railroad, the forerunner of the Clinchfield Railroad,...

Hernando DeSoto Visited Mitchell County in May of 1540

Hernando DeSoto Visited Mitchell County in May of 1540

Hernando De Soto is believed to have been the first European to have traveled into the interior of what is now the United States. Seeking gold, his journey began in Florida in 1539 with over 600 men, 200 horses, many dogs, and several hundred pigs. In 1540 he came...

World War 1 Cannon sat beside the Spruce Pine Depot

World War 1 Cannon sat beside the Spruce Pine Depot

Spruce Pine had a cannon from World War I on Lower Street to honor the Great War in the 1930s. It was placed there by Minerals Post 207 of the American Legion (based in Spruce Pine) after they received it from the U.S. Government. Pictured left to right are (first...

Ellis Family Reunion

Ellis Family Reunion

It’s unfortunate that Family Reunions are not as common as they once were; our busy lives and far-flung residences preclude the annual event that extended families used to enjoy.  Three or more generations would gather at the “old home place,” happy to see new babies...

Sunday Go-To-Meeting Best

Sunday Go-To-Meeting Best

This notable photograph of the congregation of Liberty Hill Baptist Church was taken on April 12, 1908. The church was officially chartered in 1866, but had been meeting since the 1840’s. A log building with dirt floors was erected in the Estatoe Community near the...

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