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A Town Called Adams

{Robert Bailey, Roane County Historian}

Currently, Roane County has five cities (or towns as I like to call them). However, there were others that were created but no longer exist. Among others, Cardiff, Post Oak Springs, Wheat and Emory Gap are towns that no longer exist. The town of “Adams” was also one of those that began with high expectations but has been lost to history. The following article appeared in The Chattanooga Daily Times, Mon., 26 June 1899, Vol. XXX, No. 193, p6.

“New Town In Roane County:”

Adams Will Be the Name and It Will Be a Creature of the Central. A new town is being laid out in Roane County, Tenn. at a point near the Roane college and Wheat post office. J.B. Dickinson, a prominent farmer and real estate holder of that section being the promoter. Mr. Dickenson (sic) was in Chattanooga yesterday. To a reporter for The Times, he stated that several good-sized farms had been acquired, through which the Tennessee Central will run. The townsite is above Poplar Creek and is said to be an admirable place for a little city. There is a large mill on the creek, owned and operated by J.H. Adams and we expect to call the town Adams. It is our intention to have the place surveyed at once and cut the land into town lots. There is a big spring coming out of the ridge above the site, and we expect to furnish cold spring water to the city without a pumping station.

Roane College, later Wheat High School near the K-25 plant

Originally written for the Roane County Newsletter to the Community, February 2019.