Castalian Springs, Tennessee
|Castalian Springs, Tennessee|
Destroyed post office in Castalian Springs, Tennessee
|Named for||The Castalian Spring of ancient Greece|
|• Total||5.817 sq mi (15.07 km2)|
|• Land||5.817 sq mi (15.07 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||495 ft (151 m)|
|• Density||96/sq mi (37/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1305723|
Castalian Springs is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Sumner County, Tennessee, United States. It is located along Tennessee State Route 25, about seven miles east of Gallatin. The area has its own post office. The Zip code for Castalian Springs is 37031. In the early 19th century, it was known locally as Bledsoe's Lick, and was the location of Bledsoe's Station. As of the 2010 census, its population was 556.
In the 2008 Super Tuesday tornado outbreak, the town was hit by a strong tornado (at least EF2) that claimed seven lives. The structure Wynnewood was heavily damaged by the storm and the post office was completely destroyed. Castalian Springs captivated news headlines when an 11-month-old boy, Kyson Stowell, was found alive in the debris of his house. Originally thought to be a children's doll, the boy moved just slightly when a rescuer, David Harmon, noticed the movement. He had been blown 150 yards. Kyson's mother who was shielding him had died in the storm.
Among the notable natives of Castilian Springs / Bledsoe's Lick was William B. Bate, a governor of Tennessee, U.S. Senator, and Confederate major general in the American Civil War; Humphrey Bate, an early Grand Ole Opry string band leader; and William Hall, who served briefly as governor in 1829.
Native American history
During the Mississippian culture period of prehistory, the Castalian Springs Mound Site was a major local mound center. The site was first excavated in the 1890s and again as recently as the 2005 to 2010 archaeological field school led by Dr. Kevin E. Smith. A number of important finds have been associated with the site, most particularly several examples of Mississippian stone statuary and the Castalian Springs shell gorget held by the National Museum of the American Indian.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- "Castalian Springs". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey.
- Storm Destroys Post Office, Kills 6 In Castalian Springs
- Baby a Sign of Hope in Devastated South[dead link]
- Kevin E. Smith; James V. Miller (2009). Speaking with the Ancestors-Mississippian Stone Statuary of the Tennessee-Cumberland region. University of Alabama Press. pp. 68–77. ISBN 978-0-8173-5465-7.
- Wynnewood (Tennessee) — historic inn located in Castalian Springs.
- Bledsoe's Fort Historical Park — public park that protects the site of the 18th-century Bledsoe's Station and several other historic structures