Ruger’s map of Knoxville, Tennessee 1871

The foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee was where I called home for six years. They are part of the Appalachian mountain range offering pristine views from select vantage points. Specifically I lived in Knoxville, the canvascounty seat of Knox County. The crests and troughs of those hills do a number on brakes and transmissions and they ensure mechanics have a market just as reliable as an undertaker’s.

 Another great physical feature of the area is the Tennessee River. It winds its way through downtown from the eastern part of the state flowing west, finally emptying into the mighty Mississippi River. While I never got the chance to go paddling on the river, I did manage to be part of a three-man crew on a sloop that got stuck on a shoal on the first outing.

Knoxville is also home to the flagship campus of the sun and land grant state university. That’s where I earned my bachelor’s. Needless to say there are some fond memories of people and times.

While nature has provided a variety of attractive landmarks, there is one man-made landmark that received global sunsphereattention once upon a time and probably forgotten by most at this point. Knoxville was the host of the 1982 World’s fair and the golden globe, officially the “Sunshpere”, still stands as a memorial.

Ruger’s map of Knoxville, Tennessee 1871.

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