Etowah history comes alive at Murders on Main Street

Using actors from the Gem Players Association, Murders on Main Street will revive the stories of six murders that occurred on Tennessee Avenue during Etowah, Tenn.'s first 40 years.
Using actors from the Gem Players Association, Murders on Main Street will revive the stories of six murders that occurred on Tennessee Avenue during Etowah, Tenn.'s first 40 years.
photo Actors from the Gem Players Association will portray victims and perpetrators during Murders on Main Street, a series of walking tours in downtown Etowah, Tenn., this weekend.

The Etowah Chamber of Commerce will meld entertainment and local history this weekend with its sixth annual presentation of Murders on Main Street, a lantern-lighted walking tour.

This historic interpretation revives the stories of six murders that occurred on Tennessee Avenue during Etowah's first 40 years, 1908-1947. Visitors will witness scenes of the crime while walking to the actual spots where the murders occurred and hear from those accused of murder and their victims as portrayed by actors from the Gem Players Association.

"All of these murders are a unique part of Etowah's past," says the chamber's executive director, Durant Tullock. "All of the events were taken straight out of the newspaper accounts and court documents to correctly adhere to what occurred at the time."

Tullock says the stories are part of local folklore, depicting "the events that many of us have heard over the years."

The first documented murder on Tennessee Avenue took place in 1908 when Etowah was in its infancy. The ruggedness that the new railroad town brought is evident in some of the earliest murders, he says.

The 10-block walking tours will leave every 15 minutes starting at 6:30 to 9 p.m. from the historic L&N Depot downtown.

If you go

› What: Murders on Main Street walking tours.› When: 6:30-9 p.m. today through Saturday, Oct. 6-8.› Where: Leaving every 15 minutes from L&N Depot, 727 S. Tennessee Ave., Etowah, Tenn.› Admission: $10 (reservations required).› Phone: 423-263-2228.› Email: director@etowahcoc.org.

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