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This Old House: 1906

This Old House: 1906

Knoxville, Tennessee, circa 1906. "Post Office (Old Customs House), Market and Clinch Streets." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Way to go, Charles

The Old Customs House is still standing. Today, it is the headquarters of the East Tennessee Historical Society and a museum.

If you swing to the left, you'll see Charles Krutch Park. Krutch (1887-1981) was an independently wealthy photographer who worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority for 20 years, retiring in 1954. In his will he bequeathed over one million dollars to the city of Knoxville to establish its first downtown park, a "quiet retreat for the pleasure and health of the public." As of today, 564 Google reviews give it 4.5 stars.

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Below is the same view from July of 2015.

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