Before the name of Inverness, the City was
originally named Tompkinsville foe its namesake, A.D. Tompkins. Tompkins was
known as “Uncle Alf” and worked to draw other residents by establishing the
first sawmill and mail service. His brother-in-law, Frank M. Dampier, Sr.
became the first merchant in town. Dampier is credited with naming it
Tompkinsville and plotting out the town.
In the years to come, the City
was sold to a firm that rebranded the city as Inverness, due to the area
looking like the headlands of Inverness Scotland.