Bledsoe County, Tennessee facts for kids
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Bledsoe County Courthouse in Pikeville
Location within the U.S. state of Tennessee
Tennessee's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Anthony Bledsoe|
|• Total||407 sq mi (1,050 km2)|
|• Land||406 sq mi (1,050 km2)|
|• Water||0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2) 0.08%%|
|• Density||36.73/sq mi (14.18/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Bledsoe County was formed in 1807 from land that was formerly Indian Land as well as land carved from Roane County. The county was named for Anthony Bledsoe (1739–1788), a soldier in the Revolutionary War and was an early settler of Sumner County. He was killed in an Indian attack at Bledsoe's Station.
Like many East Tennessee counties, Bledsoe County opposed secession on the eve of the Civil War. In Tennessee's Ordinance of Secession on June 8, 1861, the county's residents voted against secession by a margin of 500 to 197. General James G. Spears, a resident of Bledsoe, served as a vice president at the pro-Union East Tennessee Convention in May and June 1861, and fought for the Union Army in the war.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 407 square miles (1,050 km2), of which 406 square miles (1,050 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (0.08%) is water.
- Cumberland County (north)
- Rhea County (east/EST Border)
- Hamilton County (southeast/EST Border)
- Sequatchie County (southwest)
- Van Buren County (west)
State protected areas
- Bledsoe State Forest (part)
- Fall Creek Falls State Natural Area (part)
- Fall Creek Falls State Park (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||781||5.24%|
|Hispanic or Latino||459||3.08%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 14,913 people, 4,894 households, and 3,473 families residing in the county.
Bledsoe County is home to a portion of Fall Creek Falls State Resort Park.
- Pikeville (county seat)
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