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Knoxville is a city located in Knox County, Tennessee, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 173,890. It is the county seat of Knox County, and is the third-largest city in the state of Tennessee. Its nickname is the Marble City, from when it was a major centre of marble distribution in the early 1900s. It was named in honour of the first Secretary of War, Henry Knox.

Knoxville geography

Knoxville is located at 35°58'22" North, 83°56'32" West (35.972882, -83.942161).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 254.1 km² (98.1 mi²). 240.0 km² (92.7 mi²) of it is land and 14.1 km² (5.4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 5.54% water.

The French Broad River (flowing from Asheville, North Carolina) joins the Tennessee River to the southeast of the city. Transportation is served by Interstate 40 to Asheville and Nashville and Interstate 75 to Chattanooga and Lexington, and by McGhee Tyson Airport.

Knoxville history

Knoxville was founded in 1791 by Territorial Governor William Blount and named after George Washington's Secretary of War Henry Knox. Knoxville was the capital of the Southwest Territory from 1791 until 1797. In 1796, a constitutional convention was held in Knoxville to establish Tennessee as a state. When Tennessee entered the United States in 1797, Knoxville was the first capital of the state until 1815 when the capital was moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

During the American Civil War, the Battle of Campbell Station was fought here on November 16, 1863. In that battle Confederate troops led by General James Longstreet unsuccessfully attacked Union forces under General Ambrose Burnside. The next day the two week long Siege of Knoxville began when Longstreet placed Knoxville under siege. The siege failed and Longstreet returned with his men to General Robert E. Lee.

In 1901, train robber Kid Curry (real name, Harvey Logan), a member of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch was captured after shooting two deputies on Knoxville's Central Avenue. He escaped from the Knoxville Jail and rode away on the sherriff's stolen horse.

In 1933 during the Great Depression, the Tennessee Valley Authority was founded by the U.S. Government to help create jobs and attract manufacturing dependant on cheap electricity.

Knoxville hosted the 1982 World's Fair, from which the Sunsphere remains.

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