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The bucket was built in 1887 by the Tennessee Red Cedar Woodenworks Company from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Originally, it was displayed in Murfreesboro, until showcased at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and then at the 1904 Saint Louis World's Fair. The Woodenworks factory burned in 1952 and local grocer Crigger’s Market bought the item for display. It was auctioned off circa 1965 to a Rossville, Georgia amusement park. The bucket was returned to Murfreesboro in 1976 to be displayed at the historic Cannonsburgh Village.
On June 19, 2005, the bucket was set ablaze by arsonists. Roadside America describes the condition as "Severely damaged, the bucket is now blackened and splintered charcoal shards held together by metal bands." Members of the Rutherford County Blacksmiths’ Association pledged in 2005 to restore the bucket, however they had difficulty locating high quality red cedar and the bucket was not fully restored until October of 2011. Now you know.