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Today in Johnson City History: March 9

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 9, 2019 at 8:00 AM

March 9, 1870: The Haynesville post office changed its name to Johnson City. Henry Johnson was the postmaster. The city had briefly been named Haynesville during the Civil War in honor of Confederate Sen. Landon Carter Haynes, but townsfolk restored it to Johnson’s Depot after the war.

March 9, 1899: The Comet rebutted rumors that the Carnegie Furnace was about to close down: “Nothing could be farther from the truth. On account of a slight misunderstanding last week between the furnace company and the Cranberry Iron and Coal company, the shipment of iron was stopped for two days, but the difficulties have been adjusted and the ore is being shipped regularly.”

March 9, 1906: The Southern Railway had completed a plat of the Public Square so that plans could be made for the new passenger station to be erected that summer.

March 9, 1965: Johnson City native Henry Ford, U.S. consul general in Frankfort, Germany, was killed in a cash on the Autobahn near Limburg. Ford ran the largest American consulate in the world at the time.

Sources: History of Washington County Tennessee; The Comet; Johnson City Press

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