Middlesboro is built entirely within a meteorite impact crater which is 3.6 miles across. It was founded by a English land company in the 1880's and named for Middlesborough, England. It is home to the oldest, continuously played golf course in the eastern U.S., at the Middlesboro Country Club. The city adjoins Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. From the beginnings as a"boom" town, to the near collapse of the new city after the tumultuous founding era, the descendants of the early pioneers and settlers are facing the challenges of today's world with the same spirit as the original citizens of the town.