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Journeys of Discovery: Whistling Willie haunts Tennessee train depot

The middle Tennessee town of Monterey was established in 1893 by the Cumberland Mountain Coal Company. Today, coal is history, but the town still chugs along with just under 3,000 residents. It’s 100 miles to the nearest big towns of Knoxville, Chattanooga or Nashville; this is a place where people come to get away from it all to bike, kayak, hike and just kick back.

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit with Putnam County historian Dale Welch as he shares tales of Whistling Willie, the Monterey train station’s resident ghost, along with stories of Welch’s life journey and the world of Monterey, Tennessee—"Where the Hilltops Kiss the Sky.”

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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