To give you a brief of the history of Middlesboro (some of which I didn't even know until tonight):
- The city was incorporated in 1890 as "Middlesborough", named after the town of Middlesbrough on the south bank of the River Tees in what was then the North Riding of Yorkshire, England.
- Geologists believe that the Middlesboro basin between Pine Mountain and the Cumberland Mountains is the remains of an ancient meteorite crater, which would give the town the rare distinction of being one of the few cities in the world completely built inside a crater. The crater is one of three known astroblemes in the state.
- Middlesboro installed the first electric street cars of any municipality west of Washington, D.C. The 1930s was an era when Middlesboro saw a rapid change. Then known as "Little Las Vegas," the town had no shortage of slot machines, saloons, and brothels.
- In the 1950's was nicknamed "The Athens of the Mountains" due to its large support for the arts. Middlesboro was one of the few cities in Eastern Kentucky to boast a grand opera house and one of the finest school districts in the state.
With this said; today's photo is downtown Middlesboro on a Sunday evening. The City has done a great job keeping downtown beautiful. Now if we can find businesses to take a chance on the big little town in the mountains.
Have a great evening. New post tomorrow. :)
Historical Middlesboro reference from Wikipedia.