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Fun Facts
Think you know a lot about Knoxville? Here are some fun and interesting facts you probably didn’t know. You can use this information for your school report.

 
     
   
             
 

Knoxville is 936 feet above sea level.

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Knoxville is accessible from an international waterway.

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During the Civil War, the city of Knoxville was considered an important and strategic point for both the Union and Confederate forces.

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In 1965 tuition at The University of Tennessee was $78 per quarter for in-state residents. In 2013 it is $9,092 annually.

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Knoxville has 111 structures that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Knox County was established in June 1792.

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The Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection of the Knox County Public Library ranks among the top research and genealogical libraries in the Southeast.

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James White, The Founder of Knoxville, came here in the early 1780's from North Carolina.

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Knoxville's first newspaper, The Gazette, began publishing in 1791.

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Thompson-Boling Arena has a seating capacity of 21,000.

 

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The atomic bomb, modern history's most closely guarded secret, was developed in nearby Oak Ridge.

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Knoxville is situated next to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in America.

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Knoxville is within a day's driving distance from two-thirds of the population of the U.S. east of the Mississippi River.

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Boomsday™, an annual event which takes place on the waterfront in downtown Knoxville is one of the largest events in the state of Tennessee and the largest fireworks show in the southeast United States. The event occurs Labor Day weekend.

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Established in 1928, the Tennessee Theatre is the official state theatre of Tennessee.

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The Battle of Fort Sanders was the decisive engagement of the Knoxville Campaign of the American Civil War, fought in Knoxville, Tennessee, on November 29, 1863.

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The Knoxville Zoo has more than 800 animals.

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The first steamboat to arrive at Knoxville was the Atlas, a small boat which had made its way down the Tennessee river to Knoxville in 1826.

 
 

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