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Grundy County was founded in 1844. It was
named in honor of Felix Grundy of Virginia. He served as chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, representative
in Congress from Tennessee 1811-1814, U. S. senator, 1829-1838, & attorney general in President Van Buren's
Cabinet. Before his death in 1840, he had become once more a U. S. senator.
County seat, Altamont; population, 110. Other towns, Tracy City, Pelham, Gruteli and Beersheba (a noted watering place)- The water-courses are Elk River, Collin's River, "Laurel Creek, Fiery Gizzard, Fire Scald and some other creeks, furnishing fine water power. The county lies on the Cumberland Plateau, but is deeply serrated with valleys and coves, some of which furnish small bodies of very fertile soil. The general soil of the county is well adapted to fruit-growing, especially the grape. A colony of Swiss settlers are located in this county, and are succeeding well iu wine-making and silk-culture. The county is well timbered with white pine, oak, poplar, walnut and other varieties
of timber. The cove and valley lands produce com, wheat, oats, tobacco, etc. The mountain lands produce much grass for pasturage. The minerals consist of iron and coal, the latter of
which is very extensively mined at Tracy City, the Tennessee Coal and Iron Co. operating with a capital stock of 85,000,000 and employing 6OO hands. This company owns a railroad running from Tracy City to Cowan, where it connects with the
Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad. The company is largely engaged in the manufacture of coke. Outside of the coke works the number of persons engaged in manufacturing is estimated at 200.
The religious denominations are Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Catholic, Episcopalian and Cumberland Presbyterian. The usual county taxes are levied.
Hand-book of Tennessee
By A. W. Hawkins, Henry E. Colton 1882
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