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Mountain City Town

Johnson County, Tennessee

Photo: Roderick Butler House, ca. 1870, 309 North Church Street, Mountain City, TN. Home built by U. S. Congressman Roderick Random Butler [1827-1902]. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Photographed by User:Brian Stansberry (own work), 2009, [cc-by-3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed January, 2014.

Mountain City Town Photo

Mountain City Town Hall is located at 210 South Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.
Phone: 423‑272‑0796.


Mountain City as described in 1939 [1]

Mountain City, seat of Johnson County, is a trading center for farmers. Mountain people ride or walk into this town from their distant cabins to buy supplies with "cash money," or to swap eggs, chickens, butter and cream for tobacco, sugar, coffee, salmon, bananas and other "store-boughten" delicacies.

In 1885 the town, first called Taylorsville for an early settler, was given a more picturesque name; it is in a high valley surrounded by mountain peaks. The coldest weather ever registered in Tennessee was recorded here December 30, 1917 when the thermometer dropped to minus 30°.

  1. Works Progress Administration, Federal Writers' Program, Tennessee: A Guide to the State, American Guide Series, Tennessee Department of Conservation, Stratford Press, 1939.