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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 Texas.

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)

Houston County Interests

Biographies

Births

Cemeteries

Census

Death Records
1908-1912

Epidemics

Local History

Military Records

News Articles

Obituaries

TOWNS, CITIES & TOWNSHIPS
Erin
County Courthouse
Memories of Erin TN
McKinnon
City of McKinnon


Surrounding Counties
Benton -- Dickson -- Humphreys -- Montgomery -- Stewart



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