Bruceton, prior to 1921, was known as Hollow Rock Junction. The entire area was
crisscrossed by the Nashville to Hickman, Kentucky. railroad and Memphis to Paducah,
Kentucky railroad. The land was farmed by the Allens, Coopers, Chambers, and Smiths.
Bruceton is remembered for the delicious fried chicken and country ham offered to persons traveling on the passenger trains and meeting at the old Primitive Baptist Church on the first Sunday in May each year.
1923 the railroad moved their terminals from Lexington, Martin and Paducah to Bruceton and the town became known as Junction City, then New One and in 1925 received a charter as Bruceton. This was to honor W.P. Bruce, then an official of the old N.C. & St. L. RR. The N. C. & St. L. formed the Tennessee Property Co. to make housing available. The spec building was built by the Bruceton Industrial Corporation which was formed by a group of citizens.
Mrs. Lucretia Owen was the first teacher and she taught in a railroad car. In early the early 1920's Bruceton Elementary School was built on a site donated by H.P. Bayless.
The mail was picked up at the post office in Hollow Rock and delivered by a rural carrier. During the 1930's the citizens sold stock to build a building to attract industry and H. I. Siegel came to town about 1939. Many have worked for H.I.S. as well as the railroad.
The first church was the Primitive Baptist organized in 1822. Other churches in town are the Baptist, Methodist and Church of Christ.
notes submitted by Jere R Cox