1854: The original market was established in the area now called Market Square.

1880s: Fiddling contests were held on the square. Many regarded these events as one of the origins of country music.

1897: The Market House was constructed. The Market House served as a station for local farmers to bring produce and sell them to local citizens.

1954: A recording by Elvis Presley is discovered by RCA in a record shop in Market Square.

1959: The Market House burns down.

1960: Remaining pieces of The Market House are torn down.

1986: The city dismantles the urban renewal area and replaced the idea of a mall with a town square. The name "Market Square" is adopted.

November 2002: The Knoxville City Council approves the renovation and redevelopment of Market Square.

November 2003: The grand opening is held for Market Square.

April 2004: Famous concert series Sundown in the City makes its return to Market Square.

Source: Jack Neely, The Metro Pulse