Tracy City in Grundy County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Nearby, in the early 1870’s, 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.
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Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 35° 15.641′ N, 85° 44.175′ W. Marker is in Tracy City, Tennessee, in Grundy County. Marker is at the intersection of Altamont Street (U.S. 41) and Railroad Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Altamont Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 212 Main St, Tracy City TN 37387, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Allan Gipson (approx. 9½ miles away); Grundy County (approx. 10.4 miles away); University of the South (approx. 10.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tracy City.
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