Tree Streets Neighborhood

Johnson City, Tennessee • Southside Neighborhood Organization

Neil Owen's Blog – June 2009 Archive (2)

"A Peek into Our Backyard" -- a tour of the gardens of the Historic Tree Streets District

Nashville Gardening Examiner, Dena Bolton





Anyone living in Johnson City is familiar with the Historic Tree Streets District. Johnson City was founded in 1856 by Henry Johnson and was originally known as “Johnson’s Depot,” emphasizing the town’s significance as a major railroad station and rail hub for the southeast. Later Johnson City, which was incorporated in 1869, grew as a… Continue

Added by Neil Owen on June 30, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Heating our homes, the old fashioned way

Posted on June 6th, 2008 by Ken Harrison in History





Until the mid 1950’s, coal was the predominant heating fuel for most houses and apartments in our neighborhood. After all, it was abundant and easily mined from nearby. It was an extremely dirty way to heat. Every chimney spewed thick, black, sooty smoke all winter. That made it difficult to dry clothes on lines in the backyard!



Many houses still used fireplaces to… Continue

Added by Neil Owen on June 6, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

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