Friday, August 09, 2013Author: Pat Guffey
(Last modified: 2013-08-12 11:43:07)
Source: The Herald-News
It is almost impossible to believe that it has been nearly a year since we celebrated the Washington Bicentennial! That was an event which happens only once in a lifetime and is worth remembering. Washington was the first county seat of Rhea County and became a very prosperous town for a time. Then, after three events occurred, Washington declined, and was never the same again. The first of these was the formation of Meigs County from part of Rhea County; next was Ross’s Landing (now Chattanooga) becoming prosperous; and the last was the railroad going through Smith’s Cross Roads (now Dayton), and not through Washington. All of these occurrences contributed to the end of the flourishing town known as Washington.
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