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Second Creek Greenway History

Knoxville Iron Works was co-founded by the Richards brothers on property located along Second Creek, adjacent to where the L&N Railroad Station would eventually be built. The entire area was later incorporated into the site for the 1982 World's Fair. The only original remaining Iron Works building is “The Foundry,” known during the World's Fair as the Strohaus.

The French Broad River (flowing from Asheville, North Carolina) joins the Holston River (flowing from Kingsport) to form the Tennessee River in the southeast part of the city. Knoxville is centered on a hilly area along the north bank of the river between its First Creek and Second Creek tributaries. This area now comprises Downtown Knoxville.

The Second Creek greenway was built as part of the World’s Fair Park 25 th Anniversary, along with the renovation of the Sunsphere and the stage in World’s Fair Park. The renovation was initiated as part of Mayor Bill Haslam’s effort to create an “energized downtown.”




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