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History Chosen for its springs and central spot, Cookeville was incorporated in 1856 as the county seat and named for Richard Fielding Cooke, a state senator. The Nashville and Knoxville Railroad (the Tennessee Central) ran through Cookeville in 1890. Construction of Highway 70 in the 1930s, Interstate 40 in the 1960s, and Highway 111 in the 1990s helped make the town a commercial center.
Location 79 miles east of Nashville 101 miles west of Knoxville at intersection of I-40 and Highway 111
Elevation 1133’ above sea level
Area 33 square miles
Government Mayor, (931) 520-1500 / Five-member city council / City manager, (931) 520-5240
Public Safety Fire Dept.: (931) 520-5255 Police Dept.: (931) 526-2125
Utilities Water: City of Cookeville, (931) 520-5214
Electric: City of Cookeville, (931) 520-5214
Gas: City of Cookeville, (931) 520-5214
*Information courtesy of Cookeville THE SOURCEBOOK 19th EDITION