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Ethridge, Tennessee
Buildings along Depot Street
Buildings along Depot Street
Location of Ethridge in Lawrence County, Tennessee.
Location of Ethridge in Lawrence County, Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Lawrence
 • Total 1.15 sq mi (2.99 km2)
 • Land 1.15 sq mi (2.99 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
981 ft (299 m)
 • Total 465
 • Estimate 
 • Density 421.51/sq mi (162.76/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 931 Exchange: 829
FIPS code 47-24460
GNIS feature ID 1283870

Ethridge is a town in Lawrence County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 465 at the 2010 census, down from 536 at the 2000 census.


Ethridge began as a railroad stop known as Hudson Springs, which stood a few miles south of the present site of the town, in the 1880s. A political booster and store owner at the stop successfully petitioned the railroad to name the stop in honor of Emerson Etheridge, a prominent mid-19th century politician and post-Civil War candidate for governor. The current site of Ethridge, meanwhile, was located at the intersection of two mid-19th century cattle drovers' roads. When the railroad constructed a station at this site in the late 1890s, it was named Wayne Station. After constant confusion resulted in passengers bound for Wayne Station winding up at Ethridge, a prominent real estate broker in the area convinced the railroad to close the Ethridge stop and rename the Wayne Station stop "Ethridge."

By 1914, Ethridge's population had grown to 400, and the town thrived as a lumber transloading station. The town was home to at least four lumber mills and one lumber finishing mill. Lumber from these mills and mills further out in the countryside was hauled to Ethridge and loaded onto trains. During this period, Ethridge had five grocery stores, a meat market, two barber shops, a post office, a hotel, and a tire pump factory. The town declined, however, following the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the gradual supplanting of rail traffic by vehicle traffic in later years. Ethridge incorporated in 1973.


Ethridge is located at 35°19′16″N 87°18′8″W / 35.32111°N 87.30222°W / 35.32111; -87.30222 (35.321229, -87.302304). The town is situated at the intersection of U.S. Route 43 and a county road, Red Hill Road (signed as Main Street in Ethridge). Lawrenceburg lies a few miles to the south along US 43, and Mount Pleasant lies several miles to the north. The source of Little Shoal Creek, one of the headwater streams of Shoal Creek, is located just east of Ethridge. The source of the Buffalo River is located just west of Ethridge.

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


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 548
1990 565 3.1%
2000 536 −5.1%
2010 465 −13.2%
2019 (est.) 486 4.5%

As of the census of 2000, there were 536 people, 210 households, and 153 families residing in the town. The population density was 457.8 people per square mile (176.9/km2). There were 245 housing units at an average density of 209.2 per square mile (80.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.63% White and 0.37% Pacific Islander. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population.

Seaboard Coast Line caboose on display in Ethridge

There were 210 households, out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.1% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.6% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,542, and the median income for a family was $42,708. Males had a median income of $29,000 versus $18,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,360. About 4.2% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

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