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A brief history of Knoxville, Tennessee and its
Indians were the first settlers of Knoxville's real estate and
East Tennessee. By the time the first European settlers appeared to build their
homes, the Cherokees dominated the region.
James White was the first known settler of Knoxville real estate. He came from
North Carolina and built James White's Fort which is still standing just East of
the present day downtown Knoxville area.
It was at White's Fort that William Blount, Governor of the Southwest Territory
negotiated the Treaty of the Holston with the Cherokees in 1791. This treaty
opened up what is now Knoxville and Knox County to early real estate development
and settlement. In the same year White sold land around his fort for the
establishment of a town that Governor Blount called Knoxville, after President
George Washington's Secretary of War, Henry Knox. Lots were sold at lottery on
October 3, 1791 making that the birth date of Knoxville and the first sales of
Knoxville real estate. Knox County was established the following year on June
Knoxville served as the capital of the Territory and the state of Tennessee
following its formation in 1796. The City of Knoxville was incorporated in 1815.
The first train arrived in Knoxville in 1855, and the railroad placed this
Tennessee city in a strategic position during the Civil War. The Confederates
first occupied Knoxville real estate. In 1863 Union General Burnside invaded
Tennessee. The Confederate forces in Knoxville were called South to support the
conflict in Chattanooga so General Burnside swept into Knoxville and took
control. In the fall of 1863 Confederate General James Longstreet tried to
retake Knoxville but failed .
During the reconstruction period after the Civil War Knoxville, Tennessee became
a central location for shipping East Tennessee products throughout the
Southeast. Some of the locally produced products were cloth, furniture, marble,
and agricultural products.
As the population grew, the city expanded. Local developers and architects built
houses and subdivisions away from the center city. The city center became
increasingly a commercial area with residential areas spreading beyond the city
limits. Today Knoxville residential real estate market is concentrated mostly in
the west and north areas following the major transportation routes of
Interstates 40 west and 75 north.
Knoxville's industrialization continued until the Great Depression in the 30s
after which there was a gradual decline in its industries and deterioration of
housing in the city center.
Several attempts in the 1960s to reinvigorate the city center as a retail center
were only partially successful. The trend for shopping to be done in outlying
malls was too strong to overcome. Then in the 1970s, city leaders developed a
vision of the center city as a business and financial district. They also
conceived the idea of an energy exposition that became the 1982 World's Fair.
Since the World's Fair, there has been much revitalization of Knoxville's city
center and it's real estate. New commercial buildings have risen beside historic
structures restored to their former grandeur. Knoxville real estate has came a
long way since it's beginnings in the late 1700s
Knoxville today is a transportation hub with two major interstate highways
intersecting here along with rail, air, and river traffic. One half of the
population of the United States lives within a days drive of Knoxville making
Knoxville real estate very attractive because of it's location, low prices, and
marvelous way of life in this Tennessee valley town.
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