McMinnville (Images of America)

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Lying at the western base of the Cumberland Table Land, the Middle Tennessee country in which McMinnville was situated in 1810 was generally referred to as the “Mountain District” and the town as the “Mountain City.” Since its height is several hundred feet above Nashville and the counties of the basin, the town has enjoyed the distinction of the cool mountain air along with the fertility of its surrounding valleys. McMinnville, the county seat of Warren County, is presented here by its authors in an assemblage of images commemorating its 200-year history. The images are selected primarily from the authors’ archives, augmented by selections from the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville.

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Images of America: McMinnville authors Monty Wanamaker and Chris Keathley have intimately known McMinnville throughout their lives. Artist and poet Monty Wanamaker has exhibited his art since 1960 in numerous museum and gallery solo exhibitions and has presented his poetry in multimedia productions in New York City and Sewanee, Tennessee. Artist, genealogist, and historian Chris Keathley has served as codirector of the Southern Museum and Galleries of Photography, Culture, and History, created and operated with Wanamaker since 2001 in downtown McMinnville.

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Title: New book details McMinnville history

Author: James Clark

Publisher: Southern Standard

Date: 12/11/09
If you’re anxious to delve into the rich history of McMinnville, local residents Monty Wanamaker and Chris Keathley have finished their second book for Arcadia Publishing, appropriately titled “McMinnville.”
The 128-page book, which goes on sale this Monday, serves as a sequel to their book “Warren County,” which was published in 2006 to help commemorate the county’s bicentennial.
“McMinnville” starts at the city’s inception in 1810. Before it was named for Joseph McMinn, who was serving as Tennessee secretary of state at the time, the area was generally referred to as Mountain City.
The book is released in conjunction with McMinnville’s bicentennial celebration and involves more than two years of research, according to Wanamaker.
“This book took countless hours of research,” said Wanamaker. “We made four or five trips to the Tennessee State Library and Archives and really worked hard to gather this information. There are historical revelations in this book a lot of people in McMinnville don’t know about.”
One of the town’s first projects was building a courthouse and that job went to Capt. William White of Jackson County, who began construction in the spring of 1811. That courthouse, which is pictured in the book, stood until 1858.
The book also contains a copy of the original town plat as drawn by W.H. Havron on Sept. 14, 1895. It shows many of the property owners of 68 lots around the courthouse. Also included is the front page of the first newspaper printed in McMinnville on Jan. 6, 1816. The newspaper, called the Mountain Echo, reportedly ceased publication by 1821. McMinnville’s current newspaper, the Southern Standard, was founded in 1879.
The book takes readers on a complete tour through

McMinnville’s early years, from the days of the first

school on the corner of Spring and Colville streets, to the era when downtown businesses began to flourish.
There are details about McMinnville’s First Monday

Celebration, which was held on the first Monday of the

month in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The town gatherings included musical entertainment, speeches and special announcements.
“McMinnville,” while impressive in scope, was an exhausting project, according to Wanamaker.
“We’re not going to do another book for Arcadia. The

work was too overwhelming,” said Wanamaker, indicating

there were constant deadlines and seemingly never-ending

proof reading. “But the quality of this book is better than

we had hoped for. The pictures turned out great and the

book is something we’re very proud of.”
“McMinnville” goes on sale this Monday, Dec. 14, and can

be purchased at Southern Museum of Photography, 210

East Main Street. Books will also be available at Stewart

Pharmacy, Hastings, the Chamber of Commerce, Antiques and the Arts, and Hargrove Office Equipment. The cost is $21.99.
“We hope people keep this in mind for a Christmas gift,”

said Wanamaker.
Arcadia Publishing began its Images of America series in

1994. Both “McMinnville” and “Warren County” are part of that series.

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