Some Facts about Kingsport (from 1925)

I recently came across a booklet in the archives entitled “Some Facts about Kingsport, Tenn.” that was dated May 26,1925.

According to the booklet here are a few facts about Kingsport from 1925…

  • Kingsport had a population of 12,000
  • Kingsport was designed to accommodate a population of 50,000
  • There were more than 17 miles of paved streets within the city limits (including 12 miles of concrete paving)
  • Kingsport’s water supply was from a reservoir located at the top of Bays Mountain
  • The school system had 1875 students and 56 teachers
  • Kingsport was located at an elevation of thirteen hundred feet above sea level
  • Freight received and sent out from Kingsport’s manufacturing plants during 1924 filled 47,450 freight cars and produced $2,750,000 of freight revenue

Among the Kingsport Industries are the following:

Kingsport Corning Glass Works

  • manufactured Pyrex ovenware
  • The plant had a capacity of about 4 million pieces of Pyrex annually
  • Sand and Coal were the principal raw materials used
  • The sand was taken from quarries located 12 miles north of Kingsport
  • The coal was brought in the Clinchfield Mines sixty-five miles north of Kingsport

 The Kingsport Brick Corporation

  • Manufactured facing and common shale brick
  • Had 31 kilns
  • Mined and manufactured into brick a million pounds of shale daily
  • Annual output of 40 million bricks
  • Also equipped to manufacture sewer pipe, drain tile and other clay products
  • 250 employees

 The Clinchfield Portland Cement Corporation

  • Manufactured cement
  • Employed 275
  • Required the use of 17,000 railroad cars
  • Plant site comprised of 120 acres of land
  • Produced 5,6000,000 bags per year
  • The company was one of Kingsport’s pioneer industries

The Ladew Jones Company (represented by Kingsport Extract Corporation and the Slip-Not Belting Corporation)

  • Operated a tannery, a tanning extract plant, a belting factory and a currying shop
  • Employed 250
  • The tannery had a daily capacity of 400 hides, a portion of which were manufactured into belting
  • The extract plant is equipped to produce 140 barrels of liquid tanning extract per day
  • The curry shop produces belting leather, fancy strop leather and mechanical leathers

 Tennessee Eastman Corporation

  • The plant consisted of 375 acres
  • established principally to manufacture important chemicals and supplies used by the Kodak Company
  • The largest by product is charcoal
  • 350 employed

The Mead Fribre Company

  • 10,500 tons of paper made per year
  • 28,500 tons of pulp made per year
  • 7,000,000 gallons of water used per day
  • 350 employees

The Kingsport Press

  • Could manufacture 100,000 books a day
  • The plant was housed in a fire-proof building covering 3.5 acres of floor space
  • The Press, along with the Pulp Mill and the Paper Mill could manufacture the wood as it arrives into pulp, into paper and into finished books within a day

The Kingsport Hosiery Mill

  • Had been in operation for 8 years
  • Had a capacity of 600,000 dozen pairs of hose yearly
  • Employed 300

 Borden Mills

  • Produced cotton cloth
  • Employed 875 men and women
  • The floor space of the plant consisted of 11 acres
  • Produced 22 bales of raw cotton per day
  • All of the machinery was electrically driven



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