Halls, Tennessee

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Halls is a town in Lauderdale County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 2,311 at the 2000 census.

The town was founded in 1882. It is named after Hansford R. Hall, one of the founders. Among the early business ventures were sawmills and cotton-gins founded in the 1880s.

Halls is home to the Veterans' Museum on the grounds of the Dyersburg Army Air Base, which documents the history of the World War II Army Air Corp. It was the main base for the B-17 Flying Fortress Bombers in the mid 40s.[3]

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History

Foundation

Originally named Hall's Station, on the I. C. R. R. (Newport News & Mississippi Valley Railroad), in honor of Hansford R. Hall, one of the founders. Other founders were J. S. Stephens and S. A. Jordan, early businessmen of Lauderdale county.

Early business

E. Stanfield, general merchant, was first to engage in business at Hall's in 1882. Early businesses included Young & Sawyer, steam cotton-gin; D. P. Shoffner, steam saw-mill and wagon material; J. H. Farmer, saw, grist and planning-mill and cotton-gin. Shannon & Farmer's mill was established in 1886. The sawing department had a daily capacity of 15,000 ft (4,572 m) of lumber per day, the planing machine of 20,000 ft (6,096 m), and the cotton-gin of ten bales (1887). Shaffner's mill was established in 1882, and sawed on an average of 30,000 ft (9,144 m) of lumber per month (1887), and Shannon & Russell's mill was established in 1883, and had a capacity of 15,000 staves per day.

Geography

Halls is located at 35°52′32″N 89°23′46″W / 35.87556°N 89.39611°W / 35.87556; -89.39611.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.5 km²), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.5 km²) of it is land and 0.27% is water.

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