Don and Joan Cox of Maryville recently stumbled on a unique copy of "Maryville Illustrated," a special edition published by the Maryville Tribune newspaper 114 years ago.
The 88-page booklet was issued on March 1, 1899 as a "souvenir" from the Tribune.
Billed on the cover as a photographic reproduction of public buildings, prominent people, picturesque scenes and pretty homes, the booklet features names and places still familiar to many local residents.
A few of the houses are still standing, as is one of the churches, though the United Methodist Church has seen considerable exterior modification since it was built in 1894.
Another copy of publication is listed for sale online with a starting bid of $200.
But the Coxes say they have no intention of selling their booklet.
The pamphlet was sent to them in the mid-1990s by a friend who lives in California. The Coxes put it away then recently rediscovered it in a box of keepsakes.
"We just thought it was so neat," Joan Cox said. "There is a lot of history in there."
Many of the people pictured in the book now have parks, streets or buildings named after them.
"Maryville Illustrated" was compiled and printed by McJimsey & Wray, publishers of the Tribune.
It is unknown exactly when the Maryville Tribune began, but it seems to existed from about 1887 until around 1925.