1871: Yellow Creek became a post office with John C. Colson, Jr. as the first postmaster.
1890: Two hundred Italians who would be employed in constructing the Middlesboro canal and sewer system arrived in town.
1911: The 4th of July celebration attracted 5000 people. The parade was one mile long with three bands, 14 business floats and many people riding horses or in decorated buggies. Other events included a baseball game, fireworks, balloon ascensions and, according to the newspaper, an elephant that “walked a wire rope stretched from the top of the Opera House to A. D. Campbell’s.”
1948: Gun battle at 8th and Avondale in Middlesboro resulted in the death of an escaped convict and that of Assistant Chief of Police Clyde Gulley.
1959: The dedication of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park was attended by Vice President Richard Nixon.