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Today in Johnson City History: February 26

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 26, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Feb. 26, 1885: The Tennessee legislature passed legislation to incorporate Johnson City for the second time.

Feb. 26, 1891: The Comet reported that builder J.N. Harris had completed his new 10-room residence on Unaka avenue. Harris had arrived in Johnson City about a year earlier and had built three nice houses for himself, along with 33 others at a cost of about $90,000. Four more were in the works.

Feb. 26, 1952: Look magazine listed Johnson City as one of 25 cities that was a “hotbed of vice conditions.”

Feb. 26, 1971: Veronica Beidleman became the first African-American woman at East Tennessee State University to earn the title Miss ETSU. Beidleman was previously named the 1970 Homecoming Queen, another first.

Feb. 26, 2009: Mountain States Health Alliance cut the ribbon on the newly completed Niswonger Children's Hospital at Johnson City Medical Center.

Sources: City of Johnson City; The Comet; Kingsport Times News; www.stateoffranklin.net; Johnson City Press.

For more about Johnson City's 150th birthday, visit www.johnsoncity15o.com.

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