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Castalian Springs, Tennessee

Castalian Springs, Tennessee
Census-designated place

Destroyed post office in Castalian Springs, Tennessee
Castalian Springs, Tennessee
Castalian Springs, Tennessee

Coordinates: 36°23′37″N 86°18′29″W / 36.39361°N 86.30806°W / 36.39361; -86.30806Coordinates: 36°23′37″N 86°18′29″W / 36.39361°N 86.30806°W / 36.39361; -86.30806

Country United States
State Tennessee
County Sumner
Settled 1780s
Named for The Castalian Spring of ancient Greece
Area[1]
 • 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)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 556
 • Density 96/sq mi (37/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 615
GNIS feature ID 1305723[3]

Castalian Springs is an unincorporated community and census-designated place 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.[2]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

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