Bean Station, Tennessee

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Bean Station, Tennessee
Town of Bean Station
Bean Station Town Hall
Bean Station Town Hall
Nickname(s): A Historical Crossroad
Bean Station, Tennessee is located in Tennessee
Bean Station, Tennessee
Bean Station, Tennessee
Coordinates: 36°20′37″N 83°17′03″W / 36.34361°N 83.28417°W / 36.34361; -83.28417
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Grainger
Settled 1776
Incorporated November 1996
 • Type Mayor-Aldermen
 • Mayor Terry D. Wolfe
 • Vice Mayor Darrel Livesay
 • Total 5.387 sq mi (13.95 km2)
 • Land 5.386 sq mi (13.95 km2)
 • Water 0.001 sq mi (0.003 km2)
Elevation 1,148 ft (350 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 2,826
 • Density 520/sq mi (200/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 865
GNIS feature ID 1276544[3]

Bean Station is a city in Grainger County, Tennessee, United States. It is part of the Morristown, Tennessee Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of July 1, 2006, the United States Census Bureau estimated the population at 3,014; as of the 2010 census, the population had fallen to 2,826.[2][4] Bean Station is located at the Junction of U.S. Route 11W and U.S. Route 25E.


Bean Station is rooted in a frontier outpost established in the late 1780s by the sons of William Bean, one of the earliest settlers in Tennessee. The land had likely been observed by Bean while on a long hunting excursion with Daniel Boone several years earlier. The outpost was situated at the intersection of the "Old Wilderness Road," a north-south path that roughly followed what is now U.S. Route 25E, and the Old Stage Road, an east-west path that roughly followed modern U.S. Route 11W. This crossroads location made Bean Station an important stopover for early travelers, and at least three taverns and inns were operating at the station by the early 1800s.[5]

Bean Station in 1938

During the Civil War, the Battle of Bean's Station took place in December 1863, as Confederate General James Longstreet attempted to capture Bean Station en route to Rogersville after failing to drive Union forces out of Knoxville. Bean Station was held by a contingent of Union soldiers under the command of General James M. Shackelford. After two days of fighting, Union forces were forced to retreat.[5]

Following the war, a businessman named Samuel Tate constructed a large Victorian-style hotel just west of Bean Station that became the focus of a resort known as Tate Springs. In the late 1870s, the hotel was purchased by Captain Thomas Tomlinson, who would transform the property into a vast resort that advertised the healing powers of its mineral springs. At its height, the resort included over three dozen buildings, a 100-acre (40 ha) park, and an 18-hole golf course, and attracted some of the wealthiest people in America. The resort declined during the Great Depression, and the hotel and most of its outbuildings have since been demolished. The Tate Springs Springhouse and its elaborate Victorian gazebo still stand just off Highway 11W, however.[5]

The construction of Cherokee Dam several miles downstream along the Holston River in the early 1940s drastically altered Bean Station's waterfront. A portion of the community was flooded, and at least one historical structure had to be relocated.[5]

Bean Station was incorporated in 1996.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.387 square miles (13.95 km2), most of it land. The city is situated in a hilly area in eastern Grainger County between Clinch Mountain to the north and Cherokee Lake to the south. The Grainger County-Hawkins County line lies immediately east of the city. Just west of Bean Station at Tate Springs, two major highways merge, with U.S. Route 25E entering from the northwest, and U.S. Route 11W entering from the southwest. The roads split again just west of Bean Station's business district, with 11W continuing through the business district and northeastward to Rogersville, and 25E continuing southward across Cherokee Lake to Morristown.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 2,826
Est. 2014 3,084 [6] 9.1%

As of the 2010 United States Census,[2] there were 2,826 people, 1,149 households, and 827 families residing in the city. 96.8% were White, 0.6% Black or African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Asian and 0.7% of two or more races. 2.3% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.88. 25% of households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 13.9% were female householders with no husband present. 28% of households were non-families.

The median age in the city was 42.7. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18, and 16.2% were age 65 years or older.


Bean Station is the site of Bean Station Elementary School, serving Grades PK-6. Rutledge Middle serves those in Grades 7-8. High School students in Bean Station, like all of Grainger County except the Washburn area, attend Grainger High School in nearby Rutledge.


Holt's IGA Market is the only supermarket in Bean Station.


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Coordinates: 36°20′37″N 83°17′03″W / 36.34361°N 83.28417°W / 36.34361; -83.28417