History of Fountain City, TN

Fountain City, Tennessee, is a neighborhood in northern Knoxville, Tennessee, including zip codes 37918 and 37912. The community is named for a large fountain at its center.

Fountain City was originally a separate suburban community from Knoxville and was the largest unincorporated city in the United States until its annexation by the city of Knoxville in 1962. Fountain City is bordered to the north by Halls Crossroads and Powell; to the south, Interstate 640 marks the boundary between it and North Knoxville proper.

Public schools in Fountain City include Shannondale ElementarySterchi ElementaryFountain City ElementaryInskip ElementaryGresham Middle School, and Central High School. Private schools include Nature’s Way Montessori and Garden Montessori schools. It is also the home of Fountain City Ball Park.

Fountain City was voted the best suburban community in Tennessee in 1986 by People magazine.

History of FCBPA

WATER – Water has played an important role in the development of Fountain City. Over 200 years ago, settlers were attracted to the lush landscape fed by the many area springs.
Today, as in the past, the Fountain City Lake (commonly referred to as the Fountain City Duck Pond), draws daily visitors to the tranquil setting in the heart of the community.
However, in 1982, water of another type brought the community together. Repeated flooding throughout the area, especially in the business district spurred area business and professional people to action.
The Fountain City Business and Professional Association was organized to unite the business and professional people of the area into a strong cohesive unit and thereby provide a means for influencing future area growth, accomplishing common business community goals and solving common business community problems.
As their first goal, the Fountain City Business and Professional Association members sough a solution to the flooding problem. Their cooperative efforts initiated the on-going improvements of the area’s water management facilities.
FCBPA members continue to work together and are an important element in the overall development of Fountain City.