How Well Do You Know Johnson City, Tennessee?

Before you read the answers (with sources) below, try this 16-question quiz to test your knowledge of Johnson City, TN . . .

Test your knowledge of Johnson City, TN.

The following list of “Johnson City Superlatives” was compiled in April 2013.  Data may not be accurate in the future . . .

The busiest intersection in Johnson City is at State of Franklin & West Market. Source Rofo.com.

Johnson City Busiest Intersection

The lowest recorded temperature was -21 in 1985. Source The Weather Channel.

Johnson City’s Most Famous Musician is Kenny Chesney who has sold more than 27 million albums. Source Wikipedia.

The living Johnson City author who has sold the most books is Steven James.  He has sold over 500,000 copies of his Patrick Bowers thriller series. Source Steven James.

Author Steven James

The tallest building in Johnson City is the ETSU Mini Dome at 121 feet high. Source ReelScout.com.

The busiest stretch of road in Johnson City is Interstate 26 between Unaka/Watauga and Roan Street. Source Johnson City Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization.

I26S

The strongest recorded earthquake was a 4.7 magnitude on 11/30/1973. Source City-Data.com

The highest recorded temperature was 99 in 1988. Source The Weather Channel.




The oldest cemetery in Johnson City is Oak Hill Cemetery – 1870. Source JohnsonsDepot.com.

Oldest Cemetery Johnson City Oak Hill

The Johnson City author who has sold the most books (all time) is Catherine Marshall, who authored the “Christy” series of books.  Over 16 million copies have been sold. Marshall was born in Johnson City and wrote part of her best-seller “Christy” while staying with relatives in Johnson City. Source Wikipedia.

Johnson City’s oldest independent restaurant is The Peerless, established in 1938.  Source The Peerless.

The oldest church in Johnson City and the state of Tennessee is Sinking Creek Baptist Church – founded in 1772.  Source Sinking Creek Baptist Church.

Sinking Creek Baptist Church

The library with the most books is Sherrod Library at ETSU with 477,469 books. Source Sherrod Library.

Sherrod Library - ETSU

The only player to win a Heisman Trophy after playing for a Johnson City team is Steve Spurrier. Source Wikipedia.

The longest stretch of straight road in Johnson City is Unaka Avenue with 2.37 miles. Source MapMyRun.com.

Unaka Avenue Johnson City

The most expensive home on the market is at 191 Degrassee Lane.  The home is priced at $4,850,000.  Source Zillow.

Have some more interesting facts about Johnson City?  Leave them in the comments.

About the Author

Eric is a red head which means he has a clinically-proven low pain tolerance, is photophobic (eye discomfort in bright light), and has a temper (likely due to the aforementioned maladies). But he NEVER uses that as an excuse for being a wimp or acting like a grouch. In fact, he never brings it up.

7 Comments

  1. Mary

    Posted on April 5, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    The tallest building in Johnson City is the old John Sevier Hotel, not the mini dome, lol.

    • Eric McCarty Says :

      Posted on April 6, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Mary. We found sources that had John Sevier at 108 feet and the Minidome at 121. Be glad to amend our info if you can point to a better source. We linked to our source in the body of this post. Thanks for reading and for leaving the comment! – Eric

    • Eric McCarty Says :

      Posted on April 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Hi Mary. We found a source that had the Minidome at 121 feet and John Sevier at 108. We linked to our sources in the post. If you can point to a source with something different, we’ll be glad to amend it. Thanks for leaving the comment! – Eric

  2. Kent Garner

    Posted on April 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Last summer, not sure of the date, it was 105 degrees! I remember the temp on my car’soutside temperature gauge while driving between Elizabethton & Johnson City.

    • Eric McCarty Says :

      Posted on April 6, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Kent, I thought it hit triple digits last summer as well. My wife thought not. But we went with The Weather Channel as the authority and they had the highest at 99 in 1988. Link to the source is in the body of this post. If you can find another official source, I’ll amend it. Thanks! Hope things are going well for you. I need to get out to the gorge this summer and shoot some pics. Didn’t make it last summer.

    • Eric McCarty Says :

      Posted on April 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Kent, I thought it hit triple digits last summer as well. My wife thought not. We went with The Weather Channel as our source and they had 99 in 1988 as the highest. If you can point us to another official source with something higher, we’ll amend it. Hope you are doing well. I need to get out to the gorge this summer to take some pics. DIdn’t make it out there last summer. Thanks for the comment! – Eric

  3. Tracy Leonard

    Posted on February 17, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I love this test about Johnson City But there are so many more things you could add! Like that Al Capone got Johnson City nicknamed little Chicago because of the alchol here in prohibition. Also, there are several NASCAR drivers that lived in JC. Mike Potter, Brad Teague and last but not least,the late Connie Saylor, who also has a successive business still operating here for 38 years. Connie has an interesting story. Google him. Thanks!

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