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Houston County was founded in 1871. It was
named in honor of Sam Houston who was a member of Congress from Tennessee 1823-1827 and Governor in 1827-1829.
After he moved to Texas, he became the leader in the struggle for independence. He commanded the victorious army
in the Battle of San Jacinto.
He became the first President of the Republic of Texas, later U. S. senator from Texas and then the Governor of
Houston County lies on the Memphis branch of the Louisville
and Nashville Railroad. The county seat is Erin, which has a
population of 485. Other towns arc Danville, Cumberland
City, Arlington and Stewart Station. The Tennessee River forms
the western boundary of the county. Other streams are Wells
Creek, Guices, White Oak, Cane, Hurricane and Yellow Creek.
The surface of the county is much broken by narrow valleys
and by the Tennessee Ridge, which crosses the county from
north to south. The soil of the valleys is very rich, that of the
ridges is lighter, but well adapted for grasses and for fruit. The
timber is abundant, presenting the usual varieties. Iron ore is
in large quantity, marble, hydraulic limestone and fire clay is
also found. Yellow and White Oak creeks afford good waterpower. Excellent limestone abounds, and large quantities of
lime arc shipped to various parts of the country. The agricultural products of the county arc corn, wheat, oats, grass, clover, live stock, etc. There are good schools at Arlington, Erin
and Tennessee Ridge. The usual religious denominations are
found in this county, and the usual taxes are levied. (Hand-book of Tennessee
By A. W. Hawkins, Henry E. Colton 1882)
Benton -- Dickson -- Humphreys -- Montgomery -- Stewart