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Strawberry Plains
Strawberry Plains
The Post Office in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee
The Post Office in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
Counties Jefferson, Knox, and Sevier
Population
 • Total 4,667
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
37871
Area code(s) 865
GNIS feature ID 1303876

Strawberry Plains is an unincorporated community straddling the boundary between Jefferson, Knox, and Sevier counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee. Before 2010, it was treated by the United States Census Bureau as a census county division.

Strawberry Plains is located on the bank of the Holston River. According to the United States Geological Survey, a variant is Straw Plains. Strawberry Plains has been the site of a post office since 1806. The zip code is 37871, though parts of Strawberry Plains are located in the zip codes 37914 and 37924.

History

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A Union sentry guards the railroad bridge over the Holston River at Strawberry Plains in 1863
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Strawberry Plains bridge with sentry and fort in distance

Strawberry Plains is said to be named for the wild strawberries that grew there in abundance when white settlers from North Carolina first arrived in the area. According to a history of the community written by local high school students circa 1935, the name Straw Plains was a shorthand name used by railroad porters and flagmen on trains that passed through Strawberry Plains, and that came to be used as the name of the local railroad depot and on some local post office postmarks.

Early in the Civil War, in 1861, the railroad bridge at Strawberry Plains was one target of Union sympathizers who aimed to burn several East Tennessee bridges to hinder Confederate military progress. The conspirators failed in their efforts to burn the Strawberry Plains bridge, but succeeded in their attacks of some of their other targets.

Through much of the 20th century, Strawberry Plains was the site of a Tennessee limestone quarry and an underground zinc mine. The zinc mine shut down in 2001, but reopened in 2006. In December 2008 it was announced that the mine would close again in February 2009.

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