Tracy City in Grundy County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Nearby, in the early 1870ís, a crude experimental blast furnace was built by Samuel E. Jones for the Tennessee Coal and Railroad Company. Called “Fiery Gizzard”, the furnace was to determine if coke burned from local coal was of suitable quality for making iron. The furnace produced only fifteen tons of iron before the stovepipe fell on the third day of operations. However, the moderate success at Fiery Gizzard contributed heavily to the development of the iron industry
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in Tennessee and the South, and to the development of the Tennessee Coal and Iron Company (now a division of United Sates Steel) into the South's largest steel producer. The parent organization of the Tennessee Coal and Railroad Company was the Sewanee Mining Company, whose president, Samuel Tracy, donated five thousand acres of land, one million board feet of lumber, twenty thousand tons of free transportation, and two thousand tons of coal to the founding of The University of the South at Sewanee.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2E 58.)
Location. 35° 15.641′ N, 85° 44.175′ W. Marker is Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 212 Main St, Tracy City TN 37387, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roho The Coalminer (within shouting distance of this marker); Lone Rock Coke Ovens (approx. 0.6 miles away); Monteagle Sunday School Assembly (approx. 5.9 miles away); Melchior Thoni, Jr (approx. 8.6 miles away); Gruetli (approx. 8.8 miles away); Grundy County (approx. 10.4 miles away); University of the South (approx. 10.9 miles away); Edmund Kirby Smith (approx. 11 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tracy City.
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