Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Western Union Building

Marker ID:  
Location: 118 E. Market Street, Kingsport TN
County: Sullivan
Coordinates: N 36° 32.778    W 082° 33.628
  36.5463    -82.56046666
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


Built in 1932, this building housed the Western Union telegraph company. Early residents could receive packages and send telegrams from this local office. Wires were extended from here to seven of Kingsport's industrial sites including Eastman and Blue Ridge Glass for direct dispatch and receipt of telegrams. Messenger carriers would park their fleet of bicycles in front of the store while they retrieved their deliveries.

Erected by Downtown Kingsport Association.