Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero shared a series of "fun facts" about Knoxville on social media Monday to mark the city's 225th birthday.
City staff compiled a list of random facts about Knoxville's history and people that Rogero shared throughout the day. Some of the facts were about well-known people and stories, while others were pretty surprising.
Technically, Knoxville is considered an international port because you can navigate— Mayor Rogero (@MayorRogero) October 3, 2016
waterways all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. #Knox225
The city of Knoxville was founded on Oct. 3, 1791. The city's first newspaper, The Knoxville Gazette, began publishing that same year.
The Scruffy City has had a colorful past.
For over 150 years, moonshiners sold corn whiskey made with homemade copper stills along Sutherland Ave. #Knox225— Mayor Rogero (@MayorRogero) October 3, 2016
And has been home to some great people.
Thanks for the fun look at the first 225 years, Mayor Rogero. Here's to 225 more!