1898: A crew of surveyors began the work of laying out the town of Middlesborough. The first stake was driven at what was to become 30th and Cumberland Avenue.
1891: Hysteria swept Middlesborough as rumor claims that the police force was lured outside the city limits and ambushed. At 3 a.m. the next day, two masked men entered the electric light plant and turned off the generators, plunging the city into darkness. That morning a man, allegedly one of those who shot at the police, was found hanging from the 20th street bridge, a victim of “Judge Lynch.”
1917: Conscription or World War I began. It was expected that 171 men would be drafted from Bell County.
1927: Work was underway to remodel the Weinstein Building at 20th and Cumberland, which had been occupied for 3 years by Brown Brothers, for a new J. C. Penney’s store.