What's the story behind your neighborhood?

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.(WVLT) -- If you want to know where you're neighborhood got its name you need to talk to Jack Neeley of the Metropulse.

He sat down with me for this intriguing history lesson starting with Bearden.

"Bearden is interesting, it's named for a guy named Marcus De Lafayette Bearden who is a prominent guy," said Neeley.

Believe it or not, there are two cousins with the same name.
One started a Papermill that's where we get the name of the road.

The other was Mayor of Knoxville after the Civil War. His claim to fame was bringing in a mental hospital on the hill.E OTHER WAS MAYOR OF KNOXVILLE AFTER THE CIVIL WAR, HIS CLAIM TO FAME WAS BRINGING IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL ON THE HILL.

"They thought they would honor him with the name of this community", said Neeley.

On the East Side is Lonsdale.
"It's the name of a couple of towns in England, there's a Lonsdale belt, a boxing trophy," said Neeley.

But it's not where the name came from.

"The guy who developed Lonsdale was named William Ragsdale, but his mother's name was Lonas", said Neeley.

Ever heard of Marble City?

"Believe it or not, a 100 years ago
and more Marble City was a term that referred to the entire city of Knoxville. There was a Marble City bank on Gay Street
there was a Marble City Saloon on Central", said Neeley.

The marble also went into monuments in Washington DC and Grand Central Station in New York.

A section of Sutherland Avenue was called that after a lot of workers from the companies lived there.

On the East Side is Burlington near Chilhowee Park it continues to be a big mystery.

" I've talked to lots of elderly people over there, and they've always wanted to know where
the name came from. It's been called that since the late 1800's. That was the end of the old street car line. There was actually an old horse racing track, later a car racing track, Cal Johnson days, the old speedway circle, that's exactly where the
racetrack was", said Neeley.

On the south side of the river is Vestal.

"Vestal is named for the old Vestal lumber company which was the biggest employer over there", said Neeley.

That along with the Candora Marble Company employed hundreds of people.

A little bit of our own history to think about.

Driving in your neighborhood, I'm the Tennessee Traveler.


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