1890: The exhibition train, “The Middlesborough,” departed on route to visit Albany, Buffalo, Chicago and other major cities in the northeast. Its 22 cars were loaded with samples of Bell County ores, clays and other resources.
1895: Middlesboro Mayor David Colson resigned his office in order to take his seat in the U. S. Congress.
1904: According to the newspaper, “the usual payday drunks” resulted in 5 men being shot in Bell County, three of them fatally. One shooting was at Yellow creek Mines, one at Nicolson’s Mines and three were in the vicinity of the freight depot in Middlesboro.
1918: A motor truck was purchased for the Middlesboro Fire Department to replace George and Barney, the Fire Department horses.
1948: Eligible coal miners started receiving their pension checks the UMWA. The first to receive his $100 check was John M. Brooks of Middlesboro.
1952: W. L. Shope of Bell County was appointed to the State Parole Board. He was the first African- American to serve on the board.