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Tracy City in Grundy County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Fiery Gizzard

 
 
Fiery Gizzazd Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sharon N. Goodman
1. Fiery Gizzazd Marker
Inscription.  

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 States 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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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list.
 
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 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roho The Coalminer (within shouting distance of this marker); The Marugg Company (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Christ Church Episcopal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lone Rock Coke Ovens (approx. 0.6 miles away); Highlander Folk School (approx. 3.9 miles away); Crossroads of War (approx. 5.3 miles away); United Methodist Church (approx. 5.3 miles away); Trail of Tears (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tracy City.
 
Fiery Gizzard Marker reverse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Judith Barber, October 18, 2012
2. Fiery Gizzard Marker reverse
Fiery Gizzard Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Judith Barber, October 18, 2012
3. Fiery Gizzard Marker
Marker is in a small park in Tracy City, TN
Fiery Gizzard Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Judith Barber, October 18, 2012
4. Fiery Gizzard Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2012, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 829 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 15, 2013, by Sharon N. Goodman of Round Rock, Texas.   2, 3, 4. submitted on October 21, 2012, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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