The latest Monterey Depot Historical Society Christimas ornament is now avaliblefor
a $20 donation. The scene is taken from an early postcard of hte Monterey Depot. They are availabe at the Cup &
Saucer and BenAnns. Last years ornament was a quick sell-out.
the railroad to the mountian? It was the natural resources such as timber and especially coal. The Town of Monterey (which
means "King of the Mountinas") was founded by the Cumberland Mountain Coal Company in 1893. The community was known
as Standing Stone before that.
Spring on the Mountain will
be on Saturday, May 3, in downtown Monterey. There will be several craft and food vendors in the downtown area mostly
around the Monteerey Depot Museum. Just across the railroad tracks, this year, will be a car show at the Farmer's
Market. Also, at the Farmers Market, the Monterey Garden Club will host their annual and very popular plant sale from
early morning until they run out.
An excursion train
will arrive from Nashville sometime near noon. If you want to ride from Nashville, contact the Tennessee Central Railway Museum
online at http://www.tcry.org/ If its a short ride you want, the Monterey Depot Historical Society is selling tickets for $10 each to ride from the museum
out to the sand plant and back. Entertainment is being planned for the event.
After a hard, cold winter, y'all come on up to the mountain and help us kick off the spring season.
For craft and food vendors,
click on the appropriate link for an application for and more details.
asphalt were two of the biggest ingredients on the Monterey Central Transportation Museum list last week. Painting inside
walls and ceiling were also done last week. Depending on weather, pavers for the Rails with Trails will be in place on the
Depot property, starting this week. Thanks to Monterey Fire Chief Kevin Peters for allowing me on the ladder truck for this
arial photo. Photo: Dale Welch/Hilltop Express
Monterey founders Union General John T. Wilder and wife, Dora Lee,
along with Major Robert Moscrip and wife, Emma will return to Monterey on Friday, Oct 10, just about a month away to talk
about the old days. You’re invited out to the Garden Inn (with ticket in hand) for dinner and to hear their tales. Dining with the Moscrips and The Wilders is a special dinner theatre helping kick off the big celebration planned
for Standing Stone Day, Sat. Oct. 11. The Moscrips will be played by Monterey natives Opless and Kay Walker. The Wilders will
be played by John and Judy Wassum, of Rockwood, who live in one of General Wilders home. Gen. Wilder also had a home in Monterey
that still stands. Ruth Ann Woolbright and husband, Bill Longmire, live there. Woolbright will be directing the play.
The play will relive defining moments of their lives, which resulted in a railroad, a town on the plateau, coal mines and
a lumber industry that would touch the lives of thousands of people across America. Moscrip was involved in one
of the most historical events in the history of railroading in America, as one of the civil engineers responsible for the
completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Moscrip had friendships with the likes of Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickok.
Moscrip will reveal in the play how he became a captive of the Cheyenne Indians and how he escaped with the help of his Pawnee
Indian Scout. Besides all these adventures, he was the winner of a contest that gave Monterey its name in 1893. John
T. Wilder, known as the "Friendly Carpetbagger" was the leader of the Lightning Brigade of Indiana and hero of the
Battle of Chickamauga in Sept. 1863 where he and his men armed with 7-shot Spencers gave Thomas time to form a defense
line. He was one of the 20,000 Union veterans who immigrated to the South by 1866, attracted by the possibilities
of places that they had seen during their military campaigns. For a time, he was Mayor of Chattanooga and later, had federal
appointments. In September, 1865, he and his friend, Capt. Hiram S. Chamberlain of Knox County, purchased 728 acres
of land in Roane County along the Tennessee River and founded the town of Rockwood with its Roane Iron Company, one of the
first post-war industrial establishments in the South. Wilder would continue to hold interests in mining and cement and banking
around Knoxville, Tennessee, and built the 300-room Cloudland Hotel on Roane Mt. summit in 1885 as a retreat for hay fever
sufferers. An industrialist, he had numerous business interests in coal, timber, iron, railroads and more. He
built a hotel in Monterey, called the Imperial Hotel in the early 1900s and also a residence. The mining town of Wilder was
founded by him. Tickets will be on sale soon for the dinner theatre at a cost of $35 for one person , $60 per
couple and $150 per table of six, that includes a dinner of a grilled pork chop, sweet potato casserole , corn souffle, dessert,
and coffee or tea. For more information, contact Ruth Ann Woolbright at, 839-2467.