Blount. I. A N. county of Alabama, drained by the upper courses of the Locust and Mulberry forks of Black Warrior river; area, about 900 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 9,945, of whom 682 were colored. Portions of the surface are mountainous, and covered with forests of excellent timber. Blount's Springs, on Mulberry fork, is a popular watering place. The chief productions in 1870 were 47,375 bushels of wheat, 266,553 of Indian corn, 12,779 of oats, 31,578 of sweet potatoes, and 950 bales of cotton. There were 1,651 horses, 633 mules and asses, 3,235 milch cows, 5,323 other cattle, 9,507 sheep, and 15,983 swine. Capital, Blountsville. II. A S. E. county of Tennessee, bordering on North Carolina; area, 450 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 14,237, of whom 1,456 were colored. Holston river, on the N. W. boundary, is navigable by steamboats; the Tennessee bounds it on the west, and Little river and numerous small creeks intersect it. The Knox-ville and Charleston railroad extends from Knoxville to Marysville. The surface is traversed by several mountain ridges, the principal of which are Iron or Smoky mountain, and Chilhowee mountain. The soil is fertile and carefully tilled. Marble, limestone, and iron ore abound.
The chief productions in 1870 were 107,819 bushels of wheat, 384,583 of Indian corn, 104,501 of oats, 18,178 lbs. of wool, 129,535 of butter, and 20,219 gallons of sorghum molasses. There were 2,847 horses, 2,488 milch cows, 5,018 other cattle, 10,828 sheep, and 15,725 swine. Capital, Maryville.