Blount

 

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Creation of Blount County

Blount a county in East Tennessee erected by the Territorial Legislature July 11, 1795, and was represented in the Convention that formed the constitution by David Craig, James Greenaway, Joseph Black, James Houston, and Samuel Glass. It is bounded on the south by Monroe on the north by Knox and Sevier, east by the state of North Carolina and on the west by part of Roane. It is thirty eight miles long with a mean width of 18 and contains an area of about 625 square miles. The surface is hilly and varied. Staples: grain, flour, and salted provisions. Blount contained, in 1820, a population of 11,368, of which 1011 were slaves. Little and Holston rivers on the north and north west and Little Tennessee on the south west are its principal waters.

Eight miles west of Maryville, is a spring to the south of which, is a bridge; at the base of which is a sink hole. One standing on the side of the bridge and looking through a fissure into the rocks may see water nearly upon a level with his breast in which are fish. The spring is fifteen feet lower, and one hundred and fifty feet from the spot where the water is seen, in the interior of the cave. This spring is unfathomable. The water is clear and of a bluish cast. Near the base of the bridge is a sinkhole in which there is no water. Gold is found in this county on the east border.

The towns in this county are Maryville, the seat of Justice, Louisville, Unitia, and Morganton. There are also post offices at Chota,Mount Pisgah  Nine Mile Creek  and Cloverhill.
It contained in 1830 a population of 11,027

Source: The Tennessee Gazetteer, Or Topographical Dictionary,Eastin Morris,W.H. Hunt & Company, 1834, pp. 15-16)


 


 


 


 


 

 

 

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