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Grundy County Courthouse in Altamont
Location of Altamont in Grundy County, Tennessee.
|Named for||Fusion of alto ("altitude") and mont ("mountain")|
|• Total||20.59 sq mi (53.34 km2)|
|• Land||20.59 sq mi (53.34 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||1,854 ft (565 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||51.81/sq mi (20.01/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1275640|
Altamont was established in 1848 as a county seat for Grundy County, which had been created in 1844. Adrian Northcut, a prominent local farmer and military officer, was the prime advocate for the site's selection. The town's name comes from combining alto (meaning "altitude") and mont (meaning "mountain"). Although the Civil War somewhat stunted the town's growth, by 1870 Altamont's population had grown to 217.
Altamont has one of the oldest Mormon congregations in the southeastern United States. The congregation was formed in the 1890s, and a Mormon chapel was built in Northcutt Cove just north of Altamont in 1909. Shortly thereafter, several members of the congregation migrated to Altamont. A Mormon chapel was completed along Main Street in 1947, and a newer chapel was completed just off Viola Road in 1981.
In 1988, Altamont's school building was renovated and now houses the Altamont City Hall and the Altamont Library and Museum. The building was renamed the "Florence R. Scruggs Municipal Building" in 1996, after a long-time teacher at the school.
Altamont is located in north-central Grundy County at Cumberland Plateau between the plateau's Highland Rim escarpment to the west and Savage Gulf to the east. The latter is a gorge sliced by the upper watershed of the Collins River (Altamont is part of this watershed) as the river descends from the plateau to the Highland Rim en route to its mouth at the Caney Fork in adjacent Warren County. Altamont is surrounded by hills on all sides, and the central area of the town itself straddles a flattened-out hillslope.(35.433954, -85.732428). It is situated atop the southern
Several state highways intersect at the center of Altamont. Tennessee State Route 56 (Main Street) connects Altamont to Beersheba Springs and McMinnville to the north and Coalmont, Tracy City and Monteagle to the south. Tennessee State Route 108, connects the town to Viola and McMinnville to the northwest and Whitwell to the southeast. Tennessee State Route 50 connects Altamont to Pelham and Interstate 24 to the southwest.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.2 square miles (52.2 km2), all land.
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||1||0.09%|
|Hispanic or Latino||13||1.16%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,117 people, 362 households, and 240 families residing in the town.
- Arlo Gilliam, singer-songwriter
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