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Bulls Gap, Tennessee
Town of Bulls Gap
Several buildings in the old section of Bulls Gap
Several buildings in the old section of Bulls Gap
Location in Hawkins County, Tennessee
Location in Hawkins County, Tennessee
Bulls Gap, Tennessee is located in Tennessee
Bulls Gap, Tennessee
Bulls Gap, Tennessee
Location in Tennessee
Bulls Gap, Tennessee is located in the United States
Bulls Gap, Tennessee
Bulls Gap, Tennessee
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Hawkins
Settled 1792
Incorporated 1955
Named for John Bull (early settler)
Government
 • Type Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Area
 • Total 1.22 sq mi (3.16 km2)
 • Land 1.22 sq mi (3.16 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,181 ft (360 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 738
 • Estimate 
(2019)
721
 • Density 591.95/sq mi (228.51/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
37711
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-09560
GNIS feature ID 1269404

Bulls Gap is a town in Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 738 at the 2010 census. It is part of the KingsportBristol (TN)Bristol (VA) Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City–Kingsport–Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region.

The downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Bulls Gap Historic District.

The town was named for the famous gunsmith, John Bull, who made his home in the gap of mountains.

Geography

Bulls Gap is located at 36°15′33″N 83°4′46″W / 36.25917°N 83.07944°W / 36.25917; -83.07944 (36.259094, -83.079507).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 682
1970 774 13.5%
1980 821 6.1%
1990 659 −19.7%
2000 714 8.3%
2010 738 3.4%
2019 (est.) 721 −2.3%
Sources:

2020 census

Bulls Gap racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 705 93.25%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3 0.4%
Asian 2 0.26%
Other/Mixed 35 4.63%
Hispanic or Latino 11 1.46%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 756 people, 352 households, and 222 families residing in the town.

Archie Campbell

Legendary country comedian Archie Campbell was a native of Bulls Gap. Campbell referred to the town in many of his classic comedy routines. His house has been preserved as a museum and tourist attraction, and U.S. Route 11E through Bulls Gap was renamed "Archie Campbell Highway" following his death in 1987. Every Labor Day weekend the town has an annual three-day celebration honoring Campbell with a car show, food and live music.

Postal service

Bulls Gap has a post office, it is located on US Route 11E.

Bulls Gap has a zip code (37711). It serves portions of Greene, Hawkins and Hamblen counties.



Sports

Bulls Gap is home to Volunteer Speedway, a dirt racetrack, that is billed as the "World's Fastest Dirt Track."

Education

Schools serving Bulls Gap are a part of the Hawkins County School System, they include:

  • Bulls Gap School – Grades K-8
  • Cherokee Comprehensive High School – Grades 9-12

Notable people

Legendary country comedian Archie Campbell, who regularly performed at the Grand Ole Opry and starred in the television show Hee Haw, was a native of Bulls Gap. Campbell referred to the town in many of his classic comedy routines. His house has been preserved as a museum and tourist attraction, and U.S. Route 11E through Bulls Gap was renamed "Archie Campbell Highway" following his death in 1987. Every Labor Day weekend the town has an annual three-day celebration honoring Campbell with a car show, food and live music.

New York Times best selling author Amy Greene grew up in the vicinity of Bulls Gap.

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