1870: Death of Joshua Fry Bell, the man from whom Bell County took its name.
1891: Grand opening of the Crescent Saloon, “the Palace of Pleasures,” which features a 26’ long bar of solid marble and a wine closet with 100’ of shelf space. The archway between the bar and card room is graced by a statue “of Eve in snowy whiteness.” In the back are tables of food, the “free lunch.”
1894: Grand reunion of Union and Confederate veterans who were stationed at Cumberland Gap. Excursion trains bring 5000 people for the event.
1917: Strike in the coal mines in this district is affecting 25,000 miners.
1945: A diphtheria epidemic in the Noetown area claims the life of another child. There have been at least 15 cases and three deaths of children this summer in Middlesboro due to diphtheria.
1967: Bell County celebrates its Centennial with a week of events climaxed by the burial of a time capsule to be unearthed in 50 years—2017.