The city of Memphis, Tennessee, was the site of the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968. The Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King was staying, is now the National Civil Rights Museum.
Crockett County, TN is located in the western part of the state and has a rich history dating back to the early 1800s. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations. In the early 1800s, European settlers began to colonize the region and establish permanent communities.

The county itself was established in 1871 and named after Davy Crockett, the legendary frontiersman and politician. During the Civil War, Crockett County was divided in its loyalties, with some residents supporting the Union and others siding with the Confederacy. This led to several skirmishes and battles in the area, including the Battle of Shiloh in nearby Hardin County.

After the war, Crockett County's economy relied heavily on agriculture, particularly cotton and tobacco farming. The arrival of the railroad in the late 19th century boosted the county's economy and facilitated trade and transportation. Many small towns and communities sprung up along the railway lines, including Bells, Alamo, and Gadsden.

In the 20th century, Crockett County continued to thrive as an agricultural center, with cotton mills and farming becoming major industries. The Great Depression hit the county hard, causing economic hardship for many residents. However, the construction of the Reelfoot Lake in the 1930s provided a boost to tourism and recreation in the area.

Today, Crockett County retains its agricultural heritage while also embracing modern industries such as manufacturing and services. The county is known for its close-knit communities, natural beauty, and historical sites, attracting visitors from near and far.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Crockett County, Tennessee.

  • 1836 - Crockett County is established.
  • 1845 - The county seat is established in Alamo.
  • 1886 - The railroad is extended into the county, leading to increased growth and development.
  • 1915 - The Crockett County Courthouse, a historic landmark, is completed.
  • 1937 - The Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge is established in the county, providing natural habitat for diverse wildlife.
  • 1977 - The Crockett County Museum is opened, showcasing the history and culture of the area.
  • 2002 - A tornado causes significant damage to various parts of the county.
  • 2010 - The county celebrates its 175th anniversary.