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Bradley County, Tennessee

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Statistics & Facts

The Tennessee state capital is Nashville.
The population of Charleston is approximately 653 (1990), 651 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 265 (1990), 253 (2010).
The amount of land area in Charleston is 2.549 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.147 sq kilometers.
The distance from Charleston to Washington DC is 505 miles.
The distance to the Tennessee state capital is 130 miles. (as the crow flies)
Charleston is positioned 35.28 degrees north of the equator and 84.76 degrees west of the prime meridian.

History & History Related Items

Charleston was first known as Walker's Ferry in 1808. After the Cherokee Indians relinquished their lands to the United States government, Walker's Ferry was settled by White folks and renamed Charleston. In the 1840's the railroad came through bringing much growth to the town. During the civil war Union forces took control of Charleston from the Confederates and used the old Cumberland Presbyterian Church for a hospital. Today the building remains, although in bad shape, and you can still marks on the building where officers tied their horses by the windows. In the 1950's Charleston grew again with the coming of Bowater Paper Mill. There is now a lot of growth around Charleston with the new Walker Valley High School being built just 2 miles outside of town. (2001)
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Charleston Historical Events

2001, July 15
First Baptist Charleston celebrated 100 years Sunday, July 15, 2001. A dinner was held after morning worship services.

Charleston Community News

2000, September 2002 High School Reunion
The Charleston High School planning committee for the 2002 reunion is actively seeking graduates of Charleston High School to participate in a collective reunion for all classes that have graduated Charleston High School from 1975-1985. Any interested persons should email David Pelley at or Amy Ragland at
The planning committee is looking for suggestions and suggestive dates for this reunion.

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