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Today in Johnson City History: May 2

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • May 2, 2019 at 8:00 AM

May 2, 1905: Fire between Roan and Spring streets destroyed several downtown buildings, including First Christian Church, which was then located at 212-214 E. Main St.

May 2, 1909: The Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway inaugurated through passenger train service between Johnson City and Wilmington, N.C. The Comet reported that the route formed a new line of communication between the territory traversed by the C.C.&O. and North Carolina, affording through service in much less time than via prevailing routes. “Trains will be made up with handsome new equipment, modern in every particular and strictly first class.”

May 2, 1955: The Johnson City Cardinals pounded the Bristol Twins 11-3 in their Appalachian Baseball League home opener. Future Major League pitcher Howie Nunn went the distance for the Cards. Nunn amassed 18 wins for the JC Cards that season. He went on to pitch a season for St. Louis in 1959 and two seasons with the Cincinnati Reds in 1961-62. 

May 2, 1975: Porter Wagoner performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Sources: Greater Johnson City, A Pictorial History; The Comet; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall.

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