city, Coffee county, south-central Tennessee, U.S. It lies about 60 miles (95 km) southeast of Nashville on the site of a Cherokee village. Settled in the early 1800s by pioneers from eastern Tennessee, it served as a railroad camp during construction of the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway in the early 1850s. The city developed in the late 19th century as a summer resort. Growth was stimulated during World War II with the establishment nearby of Camp Forrest, an infantry training centre, which later became the site of the Arnold Engineering Development Center (an aerospace testing installation that provides the basis of Tullahoma's economy) and the University of Tennessee Space Institute (1964). Motlow State Community College opened in 1969. The city's manufactures include aircraft components, shoes, apparel, envelopes, automotive parts, and sports equipment (notably baseballs and golf clubs). Whiskey distilling and agriculture (including beef cattle, poultry, corn [maize], and soybeans) are also important. Tims Ford and Old Stone Fort state parks are nearby. The Staggerwing Museum commemorates the airplane of the same name. Inc. 1852. Pop. (1990) 16,761; (2000) 17,994.
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