Topics Related to Historical Markers

Location: US 441 Business (Main Street) in Franklin
County: Macon
Original Date Cast: 1964

Large rectangular marker, with map inset, and extended text as follows:

Many arrested under Jim Crow laws; leased from the state to build WNC Railroad. Many died, including 19 who drowned near Cowee Tunnel, 1882.

Physician; innovator in treatment of tuberculosis. Served in Europe, WWI; operated a sanatorium here, 1908-1918.

Governor, 1965-69; held posts on superior & state supreme courts. Set up initial Court of Appeals, 1967. Lived 1/10 mi. SE.

Principal Chief, Eastern Band of Cherokee, 1880-1891. Led incorporation of Band & centralization of Tribal government on his property, here.

Cherokee mother town. Council house stood on mound here. Town was destroyed, 1761, by James Grant's forces.

William H. Thomas led Confederate "Legion of Indians & Mountaineers." Cherokee companies raised nearby in 1862.

Botanist and educator. Pioneer in the study of flora, southeastern U.S. Highlands his base after 1886; taught here.

Built by the Tennessee Valley Authority, 1936-40, to provide flood control and electricity. Dam is 307 ft. tall. 5 mi. N.E.

Constructed, 1942-1944, by the Tennessee Valley Authority. At 480 feet tallest dam in eastern U.S. One mile north.