The LMU sign was constructed in 1925 by Charlie J. Smith, a contractor from Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Smith also was in charge of constructing the Spring House and the Amphitheater in the summers of 1936 and 1937, respectively.


  • The LMU letters as they appear today below the President's House.
    The LMU letters as they appear today below the President's House.
Hess, Earl. Lincoln Memorial University and the Shaping of Appalachia. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2011.

Page, Bonnie and Cindy Stephenson. Lincoln Memorial University (Memories and More). Harrogate, Tennessee: PrintOne, 2001.

Sweet, Natalie. Images of America: Harrogate and Cumberland Gap. Charleston, South Carolina. Arcadia Publishing, 2014. 

Suppiger, Joseph E. Phoenix of the Mountains: The Story of Lincoln Memorial University. Harrogate, TN: Lincoln Memorial University Press, 2001 (originally published in 1977).