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Blount County was founded in 1795, from Knox County. The county
seat is Maryville. The county was named after William Blount. He was a member of the North Carolina Legislature,
of Knoxville, U. S. senator from Tennessee, 1796-97, and speaker of the State Senate, in 1798.
County seat, Maryville; population, 1,098. Other towns,
Louisville, Friendsville and Rockford. Navigable streams, Tennessee and Little Tennessee rivers. Other streams, Little
River, Nine Mile and Pistol creeks. The face of the country is
formed of valleys separated by narrow ridges ; mountainous in
southeastern portion. Timber is abundant, consisting of pine,
hickory, oak, ash, sweet gum, walnut, poplar, beech, &c.
Water power is excellent. The valley lands are fertile but the
ridges arc inferior. Iron ore is found in abundance in the
southeastern part of the county, and marble of fine quality in
the western. Copper is also said to be found in some localities.
About 25 persons are engaged in mining, principally in marble
quarries. The chief agricultural products are corn, wheat, oats,
potatoes and fruit.
Maryville College, the Normal College (colored), Normal and
Preparatory School (Quaker), and the Porter Academy are the
principal schools. There are one cotton, two woolen, one sash
and blind and one button factory located in this county. The
button factory makes beautiful buttons, resembling pearl, from
mussel shells found in the streams of the county. The capital
invested in manufacturing is about 8100,000, and the number of
persons employed about one hundred.
The religious denominations are Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Friends and Christians. The taxes on 8100 of property
are: for schools, 25 cents; for roads, 15 cents; for county, 30
cents; for railroad debt, 60 cents. This debt was contracted to
build the Knoxville and Augusta Railroad, and will be liquidated
in a year or two. (Hand-book of Tennessee By A. W. Hawkins, Henry E. Colton 1882)
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