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In 1908-09, Johnson City had only 60 roads to navigate

May 27th, 2014 9:43 am by Bob Cox

In 1908-09, Johnson City had only 60 roads to navigate

Two downtown Johnson City businesses in 1909.Contributed/Bob Cox

The 1908-09 Johnson City Directory identified 60 streets within the confines of the city.
Note in the list below that 10 parallel avenues bare the designation “Carnegie,” as part of The Carnegie Land Company (but that is another story). These roads (and today’s names) were First (Millard/Railroad), Second (Fairview), Third (Myrtle), Fourth (Watauga), Fifth (Unaka), Sixth (Holston), Seventh (Chilhowie), Eighth, Ninth and Tenth. For whatever reason, the latter three were not renamed after the Carnegie empire collapsed.
The street locations in the list below are unique, generally specifying how many streets a particular one location lies from another major street. For instant, the first one, Afton, is south of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railway and also the fifth street east of Roan.
Glance over the list below to see if the streets where you reside or have lived were in existence in 1909. All designated roads are streets; avenues are so noted:
A: Afton (south from ET&WNC Railroad, fifth east of Roan), Ash (West from Roan, between Cherry and Walnut).
B: Baxter (north from So. Ry., fourth east of Roan), Boone (North from Main, first west of Roan), Buffalo (south from Main, second west of Roan).
C: Carnegie (On South and Western Railroad east of the city), Cherokee Road (west from Buffalo, first south of Chestnut), Cherry (east and west of Roan, second south of Main), Chestnut (east and west of Roan, ninth south of Main), Commerce Ave. (southeast from east end of Maple).
D: Division (south from East Main, first east of Roan).
E: Eighth Ave. (east and west from Roan, second north of Holston Ave.), Elm (north from South Railroad Depot, second east of Roan), Elmo (west from W. Watauga Ave., third north of Main), Ernest (south from Main, third west of Roan).
F: Fairview Ave. (east and west from Roan, fourth north of Main), Fifth Ave. (Carnegie), Fourth Ave. (Carnegie), Fulton (west from Whitney, first south of Main).
G: Grover (south from ET&WNCRR, third east of Roan), Hamilton (west from Whitney, second south of Main).
H: Harris Ave. (east and west from Roan, sixth north of Roan), Henry (south from ET&WNC, fourth east of Roan), Holston Ave. (east and west from Roan, ninth north of Main), Humboldt (south from W. Main, first west of railroad).
I: Ivy (west from Roan, north of Holston Ave.).
J: Jobe (east and west from Roan, first south of Main).
K: King (east and west from Roan, second north of Main).
L: Lamont (west from Whitney, third south of Main), Locust (east and west from Roan, seventh south of Main).
M: Main (east and west from public square, main business street of city), Maple (east and west from Roan, fifth south of Main), Market (east and west from public square, first north of Main), Maupin (south from So. Ry), Millard (east and west from Roan, third north of Main), Montgomery (north from Main, second west of Roan), Myrtle Ave. (east and west from Roan, fifth north of Main).
N: New (North of So. Ry., sixth east of Roan), Ninth Ave. (east and west from Roan, third north of Holston Ave).
O: Oak (north from So. Ry., third east of Roan).
P: Pine (east and west from Roan, sixth south of Main), Poplar (east and west from Roan, eighth south of Main), Public Square (along So. Ry. between Main and Market).
R: Railroad (parallel to So. Ry. tracks), Roan (north and south from Main, first east of Spring, the dividing line for most streets running east and west).
S: Second Ave. (Carnegie), Seventh Ave. (east from Roan, first north of Holston Ave.), Sixth Ave. (Carnegie), Spring (south from Main, first west of Roan), Stuart (north from So. Ry.,), fifth east of Roan), Summer (south from west Main, third west of Railroad).
T: Tenth Ave. (east and west from Roan, fourth north of Holston Ave.), Third Ave. (Carnegie).
U: Unaka Ave. (east and west from Roan, eighth north of Main), Walnut (east and west from Roan, fourth south of Main).
W: Watauga Ave. (east and west from Roan, seventh north of Main), Wellborn (north from So. Ry, first east of Roan), Whitney (south from 301 W. Main, second west of Railroad), Willow (west from Watauga Ave., second north of W. Main), Winter (south from W. Main, fourth west of Railroad).
You probably noticed that several streets no long exist: Fulton, Humboldt, Stuart, Summer, Willow and Jobe.

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