MERIWETHER - a county in the west part of Georgia, has an area of about 500
square miles. The Flint river forms its east boundary, and it is drained by
White Oak, Red Oak, Beech, Cane, and Flat Shoal creeks. The surface is
generally undulating. The Pine mountains rise west from the Flint river, and
afford much picturesque scenery. Good soil is found, particularly on Flint
river. Cotton, Indian corn, wheat, oats, and sweet potatoes are the staples.
In 1850 this county produced 12,862 bales of cotton; 594,601 bushels of corn;
98,050 of oats; and 116,791 of sweet potatoes. It contained 21 churches, 360
pupils attending public schools, and 134 attending other schools. Small
quantities of gold are found in the north part. This county is remarkable for
its medicinal springs, namely, the Warm Springs, Sulphur Springs, Cold
Springs, and Chalybeate Springs. The Warm Springs discharge 1400 gallons per
minute, at the temperature of 90 degrees. Fine bathing houses have been
erected at this place. Flat Shoal creek furnishes valuable water power.
Formed in 1827, and named in honor of David Meriwether, formerly a member of
Congress from Georgia. Capital, Greenville. Population, 16,476, of whom 8483
were free, and 7993, slaves. page 689
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