NAME: Knoxville
COUNTY: Cherokee
CLIMATE: Very Hot and Humid in Summer, cool weather in Winter
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Accessible during all seasons, overgrown
COMMENTS: No current residents. No businesses, no buildings.
REMAINS: Only a cemetery marks the site of this town
KNOXVILLE, TEXAS. Knoxville, an early town, was first settled by immigrants from Tennessee in the late 1840s. In 1854 William A. Pope opened a general store there, and a post office was established. By the time of the Civil Warqv Knoxville had four general stores, a gristmill, a sawmill, a distillery, a tanyard, and a church used by Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian congregations. The community continued to prosper until the early 1870s, when it was bypassed by the International-Great Northern Railroad. Most of the merchants and residents moved to newly established Troup, on the railroad. The post office closed in 1875, and within a few years Knoxville was a ghost town. Submitted by: Danica Love