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Tazewell County, VA

Tazewell County, Virginia, 1857
Between some of [the mountains] are beautiful valleys, of a black, deep soil, very fertile. Abb's Valley, a delightful tract, 10 miles long, and about 40 rods wide, with no stream running through it, and bounded by lofty mountains, possesses a soil of extraordinary fertility... Inexhaustible quarries of limestone exist in the county, and extensive beds of excellent coal... The mean height of the arable soil is about 2,200 feet above the level of the ocean. Pop. in 1840, whites 5,466, slaves 786, colored 38; total, 6,590. (Historical Collections, 1852)


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