Come help us celebrate Kingsport’s 100th birthday!
Welcome to the “Kingsport 100” website – your portal to images and stories about Kingsport, Tennessee, and to information about our city’s centennial celebration, set for 2017.
For any location, often it is the names it has carried over time that speak the most of its history. For Kingsport, the monikers have ranged from Peace Island and Big Island (so named by the Cherokee) to Christianville, a name borrowed from Gilbert Christian, a man who once purchased land here.
When William King of Saltville decided to organize a freighting company in a Boat Yard located on the nearby Holston River, our fate was sealed. His actions brought in more freighting companies, other businesses, a tavern and thriving river commerce. The rest, as they say, is history. Our city was later dubbed King’s Port (after William King) and eventually became simply “Kingsport.”
Many say we have a defining essence, “The Kingsport Spirit,” that has carried us through the decades. Come join us in our 100th year as we celebrate this inimitable legacy!