Knoxville, Tennessee is the historical capital of Tennessee and holds the county seat of Knox County. Known as the marble city as well as the queen of the mountains, the Knoxville metropolitan area has a population exceeding 852,715 people.
The area was first settled in the year 1786 and the city continued to struggle until the early 19th century when a railroad was built in 1855. When the railroad came in this led to an extensive boom economically.
During the Civil War, Knoxville at one time was occupied by both Union and Confederate armies and after the war it became a massive manufacturing center. The downtown and manufacturing center unfortunately experienced a major collapse in the 1920s.
One of Knoxville’s largest claims to fame was hosting the 1982 world’s fair. Ongoing revitalization assistance from the city has since developed the city for private industries as well as improved the downtown core. Today Knoxville is the home of the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee Supreme Court house as well as the destination for anyone interested in visiting the great Smoky Mountains national Park.
Since the year 2000 Knoxville has had a booming downtown core with a vibrant arts culture. There are ongoing outdoor concerts and plenty of year-round festivals which draw in large crowds along Gay street and through the downtown area. With many new studios and a populated arts Annex there is a new and trendy crowd of people descending on Knoxville Tennessee. Developers have repurposed the downtown considerably with the renovation of the Bijou Theater and Tennessee Theatre which dawned a new age for downtown entertainment.
Today Knoxville presents a city filled with many types of opportunities to residents. Not only are there over 700 manufacturing establishments in Knoxville but over 182 shopping centers, a large university campus and huge financial district featuring many of the major brokerage firms in the United States.
The future looks very bright for Knoxville, Tennessee!