McDonald, Tennessee

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McDonald, Tennessee
Unincorporated community
McDonald is located in Tennessee
McDonald is located in the United States
Coordinates: 35°06′48″N 84°58′58″W / 35.11333°N 84.98278°W / 35.11333; -84.98278Coordinates: 35°06′48″N 84°58′58″W / 35.11333°N 84.98278°W / 35.11333; -84.98278
CountryUnited States
860 ft (260 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)423
GNIS feature ID1293249[1]

McDonald is an unincorporated community in Bradley County, Tennessee, United States. McDonald is located along U.S. Route 11 and U.S. Route 64 6.8 miles (10.9 km) west-southwest of Cleveland.[2] McDonald has a post office with ZIP code 37353.[3][4]


The McDonald community was established circa 1850. The origin of its name is unclear; the community may have been named for a Scottish trader, a railroad builder, or the mother of a resident.[5] In 1887, Goodspeed's History of Tennessee described McDonald's Station as a "small village on the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad."[6] Many mineral springs are located in the McDonald area, and the community had many popular resorts from the 1880s to the 1930s.[7]


The Tri-State Exhibition Center, an arena for horse shows and other large events, is located in McDonald. The arena opened in 2001 and underwent a major expansion in 2003; the expansion was expected to be an economic boon for the area.[8]

The Johnston family, of Coca-Cola Enterprises, has owned the 4,000-acre Bendabout Farm in McDonald since the 1830s.[9] It has a polo ground maintained throughout the year.[9] It is home to the Bendabout Polo Club, formerly known as the Chattanooga Polo Club, founded by Summerfield Johnston, Jr. in the 1950s.[9] They hold the Bendabout Farm polo match once a year.[9][10]


Bachman Academy, a school for children with learning disabilities, was located in McDonald. The school opened in 1912 and served as a home for orphaned children until 1989.[11][12] The school closed in 2017.[13]


  1. ^ "McDonald". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Bradley County, Tennessee General Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Tennessee Department of Transportation. 2005. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  3. ^ United States Postal Service (2012). "USPS - Look Up a ZIP Code". Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  4. ^ "Postmaster Finder - Post Offices by ZIP Code". United States Postal Service. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  5. ^ Miller, Larry L. Tennessee Place Names. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. p. 248. ISBN 9780253214782.
  6. ^ "Goodspeed's History of Bradley County". Goodspeed Publishing Company; web-published by Tennessee GenWeb Project. 1887. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
  7. ^ George, Robert L.; Mitchell T. Kinder (2007). Images of America: Bradley County. Arcadia Publishing. p. 127. ISBN 9780738543871.
  8. ^ "Major Horse Arena Planned At McDonald". The Chattanoogan. October 28, 2003. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  9. ^ a b c d Benjamin Butler, A Passion for Polo: The Johnston Family Legacy[permanent dead link], CitysScope
  10. ^ "Bendabout Properties : Polo".
  11. ^ Rigdon, Nikki (April 2, 2008). "Bachman Children Come Home". The Chattanoogan. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  12. ^ "Learning Challenged Students Beat Odds To Graduate High School". The Chattanoogan. May 13, 2008. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  13. ^ "Bachman Academy closes". The Cleveland Daily Banner.

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