Bob Cox was born and raised in Johnson City and stayed around to attend East Tennessee State University. He is a retired chemical engineer and makes his home is Columbia, South Carolina, but still frequents Johnson City on a regular basis. He also currently freelances for the Johnson City Press and writes a history column titled "Yesteryear." Last year, he authored Fiddlin Charlie Bowman--An East Tennessee Old-Time Music Pioneer and His Musical Family for the University of Tennessee Press, and is working on a sequel. He is an avid collector of East Tennessee history and enjoys researching the past.
Remembering Johnson City, Tennesseeby Bob L. Cox
Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, Johnson City is a town that has grown with the times, from a sleepy depot stop to a thriving city. In this collection of history gems, Johnson City Press "Yesteryear" columnist Bob Cox expertly combs through the past to uncover stories of rampaging elephants and the fiddling Taylor brothers, the five railroads and the Soldiers
Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, Johnson City is a town that has grown with the times, from a sleepy depot stop to a thriving city. In this collection of history gems, Johnson City Press "Yesteryear" columnist Bob Cox expertly combs through the past to uncover stories of rampaging elephants and the fiddling Taylor brothers, the five railroads and the Soldiers' Home, the Civil War and westward expansion. Come along and experience a place of homegrown music and enduring memories. Experience Johnson City.
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Anyone interested in the history of East Tennessee or the Johnson City -Washington County area will love this book. The chapter on Clarence Greene, who recorded "Johnson City Blues" at the Columbia Records' 1928 recording sessions in Johnson City is a gem. Bob tracked down Clarence's son in North Carolina and those stories and several photos are published for the first time. The story of the "Lady of the Fountain" - Johnson City's landmark downtown statue, its eventual recovery from a metal recycling operation and the journey it took prior to being returned to the city is amazing. The 1886 Governor's election in which two brothers ran against each other; drawing the largest crowds in Tennessee history - entertaining crowds with fiddle tunes and criss-crossing the state traveling together arguing politics is also well written. Each chapter brings new light to various eras of local history and is a 5-star quality addition to any collection. The book is well worth the cover price.