The town Mountain City, Tennessee received its name in 1885 after formally being called Taylorsville. Random Butler suggested changing the name after discovering that the town was located in one of the highest valleys in Tennessee. Doe Mountain rest to the southwest, Forge Mountain rest to the east and areas of the Iron Mountains lay just to the north allowing for a landscape surrounded by mountain tops. Mountain City was home to the first Mountain City Fiddlers Convention in 1925 which is now considered a landmark for the history of Appalachian Traditional Music.
In the 2000 census Mountain City held a population of 2,383 people residing in the town. US Hwy 421 connects Mountain City to Bristol, Tennessee in the northwest direction and to Wilkesboro, North Carolina in the southeast. The winding road of Tennessee State 67 Connects Mountain City to Elizabethton, Tennessee traveling along side of the beautiful Watauga Lake.
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